Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel uncomfortably parallels his personal history

Movie Review – Wonder Wheel (2017)

Winslet is the latest female star to front an Allen flick with the upcoming "Wonder Wheel". With him, Ginny cheers up, even flowers, and gets the chance to do the things that women in love do in all Woody Allen movies: get caught in the rain with a man who enjoys foisting books upon her. Wonder Wheel might be a breakthrough for Allen in that it's the first of his films where each of these scenes of ritualized courtship occurs twice.

"Why is it that Harvey Weinstein and other accused celebrities have been cast out by Hollywood, while Allen recently secured a multimillion-dollar distribution deal with Amazon, greenlit by former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price before he was suspended over sexual misconduct allegations", Farrow writes. A sluggish, uninspired, period-piece retread of so many earlier and much better Allen films, filled with overly familiar characters and situations and of course a soundtrack seemingly selected from Woody's personal record collection.

The couple's son (born from a previous husband) also happens to be a cartoonishly depicted pyromaniac, always lighting more and more unsafe fires as the movie progresses seemingly as a way of lashing out for how little he matters.

Taking place in 1950s Coney Island, "Wonder Wheel" is the story of Ginny (Winslet), a clam-house waitress unhappily married to the boorish Humpty (Jim Belushi), and if you're hoping that Timberlake's character is named Dumpty, you're already demonstrating more wit than this film does.

"I think on some level Woody is a woman", Winslet joked to the Sydney Morning Herald. "I knew I needed a tremendous actress to play [Ginny]. It breaks my heart when women and men I admire work with Allen, then refuse to answer questions about it", she wrote. Having thought it all through, you put it to one side and just work with the person.

Lively appeared in 2016's "Café Society". During Allen's custody trial with Mia Farrow in 1993, a child psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Herman, called the Yale-New Haven report "seriously flawed", while a psychiatrist testifying on behalf of Allen, Dr. Anne Meltzer, said the study "reached conclusions that were supported well by the data they collected".

"Allen's pattern of inappropriate behavior - putting his thumb in my mouth, climbing into bed with me in his underwear, constant grooming and touching - was witnessed by friends and family members".

Gerwig, who directed 2017's critically acclaimed film "Lady Bird", had a small role in 2012's "To Rome With Love". As the actor in the film, you just have to step away and say, I don't know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false. "I think I'm living in that space of fear of being anxious about how I talk about it and what I say". "It meant the world to me when Ellen Page said she regretted working with Allen, and when actresses Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon told the world why they never would".

Farrow was seven when, according to her accounts, Allen got her alone in the attic and sexually assaulted her. But even with all of this stuff on offer, one would expect Wonder Wheel to be I dunno, more amusing.

In the op-ed, Farrow draws parallels between Allen and Weinstein in how they reportedly responded to the allegations. However, as Farrow notes, "the revolution has been selective", as so many people in Hollywood have largely ignored the accusations Farrow has made against Allen. But when Humpty's daughter, Carolina (Juno Temple), moves in, fleeing from her gangster husband and his band of thugs, Mickey and Carolina meet, and perhaps inevitably (this is Woody Allen, after all), he falls for the younger model. Farrow's op-ed contains glowing quotes from all three actresses about working with Allen that are juxtaposed with criticism of Weinstein and others.

Ronan was instrumental in bringing the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to light, interviewing 13 women who alleged he had harassed or attacked them.



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