Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wonder Wheel Review - 1 Star

Woody Allen begins "Wonder Wheel" with a gorgeous recreation of 1950 Coney Island... Justin Timberlake breaks the fourth wall to narrate. He begins an affair with slightly older Kate Winslet, an unhappy housewife. Jim Belushi plays Kate's husband, a boisterous blue-collar amusement park worker. His attention is on his daughter (from his first marriage.) Juno Temple has left her gangster husband and needs a place to hide out. Soon Justine notices Juno, and a triangle develops. "Wonder Wheel" suffers from overacting and a tired plot. It never lives up to the opening images. This looks like one of Allen's in-between films, the ones he makes between the dogs and the greats. Maybe a great one comes next? "Wonder Wheel," 1 star, rated PG-13. Does it deliver what it promises? Cliched drama. Is it entertaining? Long and slow. Is it worth the price of admission? Skip it.