Today is my first day at the London Film Festival as an official press pass holder (very exciting, I know!)
My first film of the festival is Wonderstruck, an adaptation of the best selling novel of the same title.
Honestly, I’d probably only give it ⭐️⭐️.
My initial thought was it was far too long, they could have lost half an hour at least and it wouldn’t have lost anything vital.
The film set in the 1970s tells the story of Ben, a young boy who after an accident involving a telephone and lightning (never a good combination!) looses his hearing. It also follows the parallel story of a young deaf girl, set in black and white 1920s New York, who is looking for her workaholic mother.
The premise of the film was very clever albeit quite confusing.
After Ben has his accident he runs away from the hospital to NYC in the hope of finding his birth father. Along the way he meets a young boy called Jamie who becomes his friend and teaches him sign language. I personally think Jamie is a completely irrelevant character and quite frankly a waste of time.
The performances in general were good, I loved Oakes Fegley and I look forward to seeing what else he has to offer in the future. Julianne Moore has a completely silent role throughout the film despite playing two characters and I think she really holds the whole thing together, really fantastic performance.
Overall I didn’t love it but it wasn’t awful. I think it would have made a very good 20minute short, loose all the dialogue but keep the artistic flair from the colour vs. black & white.