Wander Darkly - C
Rated R, 97 minutes
"Wander Darkly" is the apt title for the well-meaning but meandering new thriller from director and writer Tara Miele. Part reality, part dreamscape fantasy, it's a new age look at revisiting disturbing moments in your life to help you move forward. In spite of appealing leads and an intriguing premise, its purpose seems to get lose in the fray.
New parents Adrienne (Sienna Miller) and Matteo (Diego Luna) are forced to reckon with trauma amidst their troubled relationship. They must revisit the memories of their past and unravel haunting truths in order to face their uncertain future.
"Wander Darkly" is a modestly compelling but unsatisfying film that attempts to analyze the trauma of dreams designed to help bring a couple together. There are a handful of intense, entertaining moments, and the handsome two leads, especially Miller, are a realistic couple and good at traversing their dreamlike state. The challenge with Miele's restless script is crafting a coherent message from the episodic, jumpy film that goes from dream to dream in search of some sort of meaning.
If it weren't for Miller and Luna, the film wouldn't be as watchable, and the journey that Miele takes us on is an original one, but also a perplexing one, ending in an oddly optimistic fashion that seems different from what came before it. "Wander Darkly," which has been getting good notices at various film festivals in the last year, will likely appeal most to the art-house circuit, who'll get more out of it.