Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck premiered to mixed reviews this morning on the first day of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival. Gold Derby claimed that it launched Todd Haynes into the the Oscar race. Others are proclaiming Julianne Moore as a Best Supporting Actress nominee. Hold on…It isn’t easy for a film to maintain the hype from Cannes all the way to Oscar night. It has to be really special to get the attention of Oscar voters. Based on the mixed reviews, Wonderstruck does not appear to be that film.
Excerpts from additional Wonderstruck reviews:
Hollywood Reporter: The film may not follow a conventional approach to its story-telling, but then, last year, neither did Moonlight, and it was eventually crowned best picture, suggesting that as the Academy has nurtured a more diverse and international membership, its taste is becoming more adventurous.
Collider: While even his young co-stars can reach for a grounded emotional reaction to the events unfolding around them Fegley’s performance often feels forced and, markedly, flat. And when the film is reaching for an emotional climax to take the audience over the top, even in the presence of a game Moore and under Haynes’ direction he’s simply not up for it. It’s quite puzzling, but then you remember the eras Haynes has magically transported you into and that disappointment quickly fades away.
The Guardian: Carol director Todd Haynes latest, set in both 1920s and 1970s New York, has nice details but suffers from a glib tone and some preposterous plotting.
Wonderstruck will be released in the US on October 20th. Expect it play at all of the major fall film festivals.