Based on Brian Selznick’s novel of the same name, Wonderstruck is about two children, both with hearing impairments, who live in eras 50 years apart and set off in search of the bright lights of New York City. Todd Haynes masterfully flits between a black-and-white 1927, where 12-year-old urchin Rose (Millicent Simmonds) lives a cosseted life in New Jersey, and 1977, where an unkempt Ben (Pete’s Dragon star Fegley) lives in a quiet, rural town in Minnesota. While Rose dreams of crossing paths with film star idol Lillian Mayhew (Moore), Ben longs for his deceased mother (Williams) and his father whom he never knew. In a whimsical mirroring of one another, both children trade in their lonely lives for the hustle and bustle of the big city in a quest to find themselves.
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