• Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet and Juno Temple star in Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel (Movie still)Source: Movie still
1950s Coney Island takes a dark turn in the first trailer for Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel."
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5 Oct 2017 - 10:45 AM  UPDATED 5 Oct 2017 - 10:45 AM

Kate Winslet's waitress, Ginny exclaims "Don't you think you're being a little melodramatic?" and after watching the trailer of Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel', it's hard not to feel we're exclaiming it along with her. 

It opens with a cloying 1950s Coney Island Baz Luhrmann style beach setting where a dissatisfied looking Justin Timberlake lifeguard Mickey, oversees proceedings. Sunny, day-time boardwalk images soon juxtapose with dark night scenes. It's incongruous, we get it.

We get it, even when Juno Temple turns up as Ginny and Humpty's (a barely recognisable Jim Belushi) estranged daughter, Carolina, obviously fleeing something bad - i.e. the mob - as she utters "I know where all the bodies are buried." 

Hard-drinking Humpty and hard-working Ginny don't seem happy. Nor does Mickey. 

It all feels a little contrived but perhaps it's just the trailer. The movie is set for a US release December 1. 

Winslet recently signed on for the "Avatar" sequels, which sees her reunite with "Titanic" director James Cameron. Allen has another untitled project on the go with a cast including Jude Law and Selena Gomez.

"Wonder Wheel" was selected as the closing night film at this year's New York Film Festival. 

Watch the trailer for "Wonder Wheel":

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