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Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck

Moviegoers may know Brian Selznick's fiction through Hugo (2011), Martin Scorsese's antsy adaptation of the Caldecott-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret; this screen version of Selznick's subsequent book was directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Carol), who takes a more sedate and dignified approach. The parallel, interwoven stories involve a Minnesota boy running away to New York City in 1977 to track down his absentee father (which Selznick presented entirely as text) and a deaf girl in Hoboken heading for the same destination 50 years earlier to make contact with her mother (which he depicted entirely in illustrations). To approximate the book's narrative dichotomy, Haynes presents the girl's story as an old silent film, tipping his hat to the early cinema just as Hugo did with its plot involving French pioneer Georges Méliès. The intersection point of the children’s respective time lines is predictable and slow to arrive, but the movie is handsomely mounted like all of Haynes's work. With Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, and James Urbaniak.

Credits

Director:

  • Todd Haynes

Cast:

  • Oakes Fegley
  • Julianne Moore
  • Millicent Simmonds
  • Michelle Williams
  • Jaden Michael
  • Tom Noonan
  • James Urbaniak
  • Amy Hargreaves
  • Cory Smith
  • Morgan Turner
  • Damian Young
  • Sawyer Nunes

Producers:

  • Pamela Koffler
  • John Sloss
  • Christine Vachon
  • Brian Bell

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