Wonder Wheel Saturday 3th November 2018 in the Village Hall Stars: Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm Duration 1hr 41 mins Rated: PG-13
In the hustle and bustle of 1950s Coney Island, where the buzzing crowd comes and goes trudging slowly over the wooden boardwalks, silent stories unfold of the everyday toilers who give life to the attraction.
Somewhere in a clam bar, there's the sad waitress Ginny, a one-time actress and now a suffering wife who's been given a second chance by the uncouth carousel operator, Humpty. Humpty's 26-year-old estranged daughter Carolina, who left the family nest seeking adventure as a mobster's wife, returns home broken-winged, everything changes.
From the lifeguard's high tower, the young and charming lifesaver, Mickey, is the inadvertent but potent catalyst that binds everything together.
As Ginny, Kate Winslet delivers her most powerful, emotionally resonant performance in more than a decade. She gives the ‘Wonder Wheel’ its heart and soul. Complex, contradictory, infuriating yet deeply human, she reaches the epicenter of her character with fearlessness and honesty.
‘Wonder Wheel’ is Woody Allen’s best acting ensemble yet. Possibly as a result of the unusual care he takes with his actors' performances, his film has a raw, realistic feel, unlike much else he has created.
Woody Allen movies are not for everyone but for those who enjoy him, you won't be disappointed. Beautifully shot, with glorious colour and sets, it faultlessly invokes a bygone era. The cinematography and designers deserve accolades. It's not funny Woody, it's real Woody; and it's wonderful.