“Wonder Wheel” has some fantastic lighting and while a lot of the film’s scenes are staged perhaps overly theatrically, the locations are always inviting.
The highlight of the film are the long takes where the entire colour scheme slowly shifts across the frame, as the capable cast continue their performances. Even a cast as capable as thin struggle with the simultaneously thin and flabby script, filled with the worst of the latter-era Allen trademarks.
It’s not just formless, which I’m happy to deal with, but airless and pointless, running over themes and ideas Allen has already deployed more successfully time and time again. One and a half fires and a lifeguard.