Friday, November 28, 2014

Jason goes to Jewfest South--Monday, Nov 10

THE WONDERS is a strange little Jerusalem mystery about religion and cartoons. Okay, it's not really about cartoons, it's just one of the heroes is a slacker cartoonist whose creations come to life for a few seconds, in an amusing running special effect. That would be Arnav, who is drawn into an intrigue involving a famous messianic rabbi who is being held captive in an abandoned apartment near him. A hard-boiled detective ripped right out of film noir is involved, as is a beautiful redhead (who turns out to be the rabbi's sister. The plot twists and turns over the question of whether the imprisoned rabbi is a good guy or a bad guy. Is he truly a prophet? Is he a con-man who is bilking his followers out of millions? And who is keeping him there, and why? Unfortunately, I was far more keyed in on the cartoons coming to life, and kept waiting for it to turn into something more like WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT so I didn't really pay close enough attention to the main plot. So this might be one that I'd enjoy a lot more on a second viewing.

Running Time: 112 minutes
My Total Minutes: 373,559

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