Todd Haynes, an auteur of classical formalism, ventures from adult & experimental fare into whole new territory: the family movie.
Wonderstruck, based on the best-selling novel by ambitious YA author Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), is the first PG-rated movie of Haynes career, one that has thus far been marked by adult-themed dramas such as Carol and Far From Heaven, or risk-taking experiments like I’m Not There. Now, Haynes brings his rich artistic precision to the magical story of two kids separated by fifty years (1927 and 1977) who pursue answers to separate mysteries in ways that follow a mystical symmetry.
Selznick himself adapted the book to screenplay. Oakes Fegley (Pete’s Dragon) and Millicent Simmonds star as the two children, with Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams as co-stars.
This trailer follows a previously released clip that also stood out as being very Haynes-ian.
The Cannes Film Festival entry comes from Amazon Studios. Unlike their streaming rival Netflix, Amazon remains committed to full theatrical windows for their original feature films prior to placing them on their Prime streaming service. If Okja were only so lucky.
Wonderstruck opens in theaters on October 20, 2017.