Director Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck is an extremely interesting drama that requires a lot of patience by the audience. However, I assure you that patience will pay off, beautifully.
The film has two parallel stories, one in 1927 regarding an adolescent deaf girl (Millicent Simmonds) in New Jersey, who escapes her tyrannical father and escapes to New York City. The other takes place in 1977, regarding a 15-year-old boy (Oakes Fegley), in Minnesota, whose hearing is lost in a freak lightning storm soon after the death of his mother.
The 1927 story is depicted in a black & white tone, while the 1977 story is in color.
The patience I mentioned is due to the fact the principal characters are deaf and there is sparse dialogue while the audience is trying to figure out how, if at all, these stories may relate to each other. Spoiler alert… They do.
The young actors are wonderful and Julianne Moore is magnificent in dual roles.
Cinematographer Edward Lachman deserves kudos for his wonderful images.
I give Wonderstruck a 4.1 out of 5.