Indeed, Allen's upcoming Amazon-exclusive feature, Wonder Wheel, showcases an intriguing mix of personnel, fielding a 1950s-era story set during the magical years of New York's Coney Island (home to the titular iconic Ferris wheel), rife with romantic woes and familiar-faced criminal elements.
And all of that is set to Allen's standard whimsy and nostalgic palette. Also, do we already smell an Oscar nod for Kate? The plot is set in motion when Carolina flees from her violent mobster husband and must hole up with her father, leading to conflict with the unstable Ginny.
It might be October, but it's still beach season in the first trailer for Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel.
The film looks gorgeous with a mix of the feeling of classic films, Woody's well writing, and Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro's lovely lighting and framing. There are clear similarities between Winslet's unraveling, melodramatic Ginny and Blanchett's wildly neurotic, destructive Jasmine. However, Wonder Wheel will see Allen's primary claim to fame as a director of films touted on the Amazon Prime streaming platform. Between this and his hilarious work as Dougie Jones' adversary-turned-protector Bradley Mitchum in Twin Peaks, Belushi appears to be in the midst of a highly surprising career renaissance. But his Wonder Wheel seems to belong to the best category.
"Wonder Wheel" promises a glimpse into the less amusing side of Coney Island, and a great performance from Oscar-winner Kate Winslet.