Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wonderstruck: The first trailer gives us an emotional glimpse of the movie


While Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is technically a childrens’ book, that didn’t stop an unusually large number of you from being interested when  I wrote about the upcoming adaptation back in April. Probably because Wonderstruck, like Selznick’s The Adventures of Hugo Cabret is filled with complex and intriguing black and white illustrations, the kind of images you want to linger over, captivated, no matter your age. Now we’ve got the first trailer for the movie. 



The film, scripted by the author, is directed by Todd Haynes (Carol, I’m Not There) and stars a couple of young people you likely haven’t heard of—I haven’t—with the star power of Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams to pique your grown up interest—and get the film financed.



Here’s the logline:
The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

That doesn’t capture the pathos of the young boy and girl—who are both deaf—and the interconnected worlds we see in the trailer. Watch. You’ll see Michelle Williams as the boy’s mother and an almost unrecognizable Julianne Moore playing dual roles in this glimpse of a very emotional story. Oakes Fegley and Millicent Simmonds are the kids, Ben and Rose, at the heart of the story, with Jaden Michael as Ben’s buddy, Jamie.


Here's the rundown on the book from the publisher
A boy named Ben longs for the father he has never known. A girl named Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room, and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.
Ben's story, set in 1977, is told entirely with words, while Rose's story, set fifty years earlier, is told entirely with pictures. The two stories weave back and forth before ultimately coming together. 


Amazon has also included version that features an introduction especially for the deaf community. 


Wonderstruck is set for release on October 20th. 
What do you think?

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