“Kate Winslet is on fire in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, playing Ginny, an unhappily married waitress living near the boardwalk on Brooklyn’s Coney Island circa 1950. This broken dreamer is pushing 40 and reaching the limits of her patience with Humpty (a solidly affecting Jim Belushi), the carousel-operator she married to provide a semblance of security for her pre-teen, budding-pyromaniac son Richie (Jack Gore). The Wonder Wheel outside their window spins in circles—just like Ginny, who drinks too much and lashes out at anyone who doesn’t like it. She’s lost any hope for her would-be acting career or a fresh incentive in life. Then in walks Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a studly young lifeguard who sees himself as a dramatist ready to give Broadway a new voice. “I relish larger-than-life characters,” he tells us in banal voiceover. Ginny, who Winslet makes larger-than-life, sees him as her way out….Winslet’s performance is absolutely astounding” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Rated PG-13. 101 minutes.
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