WONDER WHEEL Tells The Story Of Four Characters Whose Lives Intertwine Amid The Hustle And Bustle Of The Coney Island Amusement Park In The 1950s: Ginny (Kate Winslet), A Melancholy, Emotionally Volatile Former Actress Now Working As A Waitress In A Clam House; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny’s Rough-Hewn Carousel Operator Husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), A Handsome Young Lifeguard Who Dreams Of Becoming A Playwright; And Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s Long-Estranged Daughter, Who Is Now Hiding Out From Gangsters At Her Father’s Apartment.
~ Wonder Wheel | Amazon Studios
For a story of four ordinaray characters whose lives intertwine, there was much drama that kept me entertained and awake from beginning to end. I’ll admit that I was drawn to see this movie because I had the idea that it involved a murder and I remember how much I had liked Match Point, the only other Woody Allen movie – aside from perhaps Cassandra Crossing, but whom’s plot escapes me at the moment – that I have really ever liked. The other thing that kept me glued to the screen was Justin Timberlake :*.
Not bad. Lots of talking and family drama.
Witness the founder of Apple like never before. Steve Jobs paints an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, backstage in the final minutes before three iconic product launches. Directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.
~ Official Movie Website
I did not appreciate the scenario depicted in the synopsis above. I saw an exposé of a very selfish, self-involved man at the epicenter of the digital revolution.
The fact that he denied his daughter and insinuated the mother was a slut was just the beginning of the characterization of Steve Jobs, whom I had don’t know personally and certainly did not fawn over like all the other Appleheads. I think human behavior is more important than commercial success and Steve Jobs was a complete failure as a human being.
As for the movie, I am not surprised it did not do well. Too much dialogue and a plot that is actually a biography of a very self-centered man; dare I say an homage to such an arrogant person. The only reason I watched it was because days earlier, I had heard acclaim for the performances of Kate and Michael. Perhaps they did turn in above-caliber performances, as this movie confirmed my disdain for Steve.
And being rigorously honest, having seen Fassbender in full-frontal nudity in another film, my lust got the better of me.
Waste of time and money.