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'Wonderstruck' Review: Todd Haynes Turns Kids' Book Into Eye-Popping Wonder

Todd Haynes creates movies that feel like part of his DNA. Whether they’re originals (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) or adapted from other works (Carol, the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce), they seem to course from his bloodstream into ours. Wonderstruck, gorgeous as it is, feels like something a little less personal, a little less transgressive. Haynes has said he wanted to make a smart film for kids, and as source material, he chose a juvenile-fiction novel illustrated and written by Brian Selznick, whose work also inspired Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. He even brought on the Caldecott Medal-winning author to adapt his story of two …
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