Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel ★★★★

Kind of wish I didn't liked it as much as I did, but it actually grew on me on a rewatch, instead of fading down. Probably has much to do with the fact that I tend to overestimate films that either incorporate meta elements or look particularly good, and this is basically the play within Birdman shot in the most eye-popping, stupidly pretty, saturated way imaginable. There's at least two different possible endings that would feel more immediately rewarding than the one it goes with, yet its unresolved frustration absolutely fits both the tone of the film and the self-inflicted burden of being a conscious Woody Allen 'fan' in 2018.

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