Review: Set in the 1950s on Coney Island. A lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator, his beleaguered wife who works as a waitress in a clam house;, and an unexpected visitor who turns their lives upside-down.
Director: Woody Allen
Actors: Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Robert C. Kirk, Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Jack Gore, Tommy Nohilly, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, Tom Guiry, Max Casella, Gregory Dann, Bobby Slayton, Michael Zegarski,
I would say that Juno Temple is the one that carries this film all the way through and has a very strong presence in the film. Kate Winslet is very good but not one of her strongest performances. I didn’t think that Justin Timberlake was well cast. I felt he almost looked embarrassed at having to play the part that he played. I know that it is fashionable at the moment but I actually don’t like it how the actor is talking to the camera explaining what is happening. I would rather just watch the film unfold. The one thing that I enjoyed the most was the 1950’s atmosphere and also I loved all the costume designs. This is one of Woody Allen’s weaker films. With the exception of Ginny and Humpty’s apartment, the movie was shot entirely on location at the island itself. As a child Woody Allen had fond memories of visiting Coney Island. This is what inspired him to make Wonder Wheel. It has themes in of passion, violence and betrayal.