Both as movie and as Woody Allen diatribe, 'Wonder Wheel' spins out


Say what you will about Wonder Wheel (the latest yearly feature from longtime established writer and director Woody Allen), but it remains committed to tragedy and melodrama with a self-awareness so in-your-face (Justin Timberlake's lifeguard Mickey is an aspiring writer studying famous Shakespeare works at college who breaks the fourth wall repeatedly talking to the camera about his enjoyment for such themes), it mitigates some of the 1950's Coney Island-set relationship drama's irritating aspects. In response to questions regarding her working with Allen despite the allegations, Winslet said in an interview with The New York Times, "I didn't know Woody and I don't know anything about that family". I'll even toss in a spoiler warning before we do, just in case you're of the belief that forewarning of the details of Wonder Wheel's plot might rob you of its minor pleasures. Discussions will ensue over Allen's overtly misogynistic treatment and language towards his female characters. "His female characters are always so rich and large and honest in terms of how they're feeling and he just knows how to write dialogue for them to communicate all that", she added on a serious note.

In a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed Thursday, Dylan Farrow is asking why the spotlight that's fallen on other Hollywood men accused of sexual assault hasn't been focused on her adoptive father, actor-filmmaker Woody Allen.

No other allegations of sexual misconduct have come out against Allen, but Dylan says her accusation shouldn't be invalidated or ignored just because it is "still just too complicated, too hard, too 'dangerous, ' to use [Blake] Lively's term, to confront".

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But her defense of the controversial director has earned her critics - including Allen's own daughter Dylan Farrow, who alleged in 2014 that he sexually assaulted her starting when she was 7 years old. "I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother [actress Mia Farrow] more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter's well-being". I'm an actor; he's a director. In a November interview with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air, Gerwig said in response to a question about Allen: "I think I'm living in that space of fear of being anxious about how I talk about it and what I say". (It felt more like bad Arthur Miller to me, maybe "A View from the Ferris Wheel?") There's a generous reading of the movie going around suggesting that this all might be an intentionally lousy play penned by our novice narrator, but I'm not buying it. Now, Carolina's on the run from her abusive husband and his goombah gang, who are all rightfully anxious that she knows too much about their business. "My tragic flaw is I'm too romantic a character", he says in a delivery as wooden as the boardwalk, but that's not Timberlake's fault.

She continued: "It isn't just power that allows men accused of sexual abuse to keep their careers and their secrets". Dylan Farrow has accused Allen of sexually abusing her when she was seven years old.

The actress has faced a backlash for defending her decision to work with Allen, including from Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Read Dylan's full op-ed HERE. The allegations were investigated by sex-abuse experts at Yale-New Haven Hospital and no charges were ever filed. He has always vehemently denied the claims.

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In her third example, Farrow calls out Gerwig who she says referred to Allen as her "idol".

While the #MeToo movement has sparked the takedowns of many powerful predators in Hollywood, one accuser has still not seen the justice she has so long deserved.

Ronan's exposé on Hollywood mogul Weinstein was published back in October in the New Yorker and has since brought forth dozens of accusations against the likes of Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer.

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