Wonder Park

Wonder Park

2019, PG, 85 min. Voices by Brianna Denski, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Norbert Leo Butz, Ken Hudson Campbell.

REVIEWED By Richard Whittaker, Fri., March 22, 2019

One of the oldest fantasy standards is the magical kingdom waiting for the one true and unlikely hero to save it. For the hidden amusement park of Wonderland, that's June (Denski), a kid with endless energy and imagination. She's who the talking animals that run the park (Oliver playing to expectations as a prim and proper porcupine, Kunis against type as a warthog, Campbell as sleepy bear Boomer, and Thompson and Jeong as sibling beavers) need to save the day – and most especially, save Peanut (Butz), the monkey whose magic pen creates every thrilling ride in the park. Only June's at home with her parents and gives up on what she thinks is the imaginary Wonderland when her mother (Garner) is stricken with an unnamed disease. Now she needs the magic of Wonderland as much as it needs her.

A gutsy young girl with a spark for engineering. A vibrant adventure with real-world heartache and learning. An animated feature that empowers in the most uplifting way. But oh, if only Wonder Park could deliver on all its timely potential. Instead, it has so many baffling glitches (like, why is it called Wonder Park, not Wonderland, or even Wonder Land Park?) and weird technical glitches. There's something indefinable missing, like the timing of jokes and set-pieces is just off (this may be the year's worst sound mix, with many effects that would have added depth to scenes dumped way back in the mix). This may well be the result of a convoluted development history, after original director Dylan Brown was fired, then a trio of replacements (Clare Kilner, Robert Iscove, and Nickelodeon veteran David Feiss) were announced, only to finally arrive with no named director. It's no wonder it feels incomplete.

What is well crafted is a very traditional narrative that never feels dated. June is a classic gutsy kid with brains and moxie. The fact that she's allowed to be an engineering wiz and this doesn't make her an outcast (nor is it in any way regarded as "not something girls do") makes her story contemporary. It's even a major plot point that, not only do her parents not punish her for her more elaborate builds, but they actively encourage her.

Most important is that there's no caricatured, mustache-twirling villain, or low-grade local bullies, driving the action. June's nemesis is her own self-doubt, her belief that growing up means abandoning who she is. For all its flaws, this inspiring adventure has every ounce of its heart in the right place. Adorable as the furry guides to the park are, it never feels like they're included to sell more toys (and after the egregious product placement in the opening half-hour of Ralph Breaks the Internet, that's a big relief). Wonder Park has a splendiferous story to tell. If only all the pages were there.

Showtimes

Fri., March 22

11:00am, 1:45, 5:00, 8:15, 11:00

Sat., March 23

1:40, 5:00, 7:50, 11:00
AFA 9:40am

Sun., March 24

12:05, 3:10, 6:00, 9:30
AFA 9:55am

Mon., March 25

11:35am, 12:40, 3:20, 6:00, 9:20

Tue., March 26

3:20, 6:00, 9:20
AFA 11:35am, 12:40

Wed., March 27

11:35am, 12:40, 3:20, 6:00, 9:20

Thu., March 28

11:00am, 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:55

Fri., March 22

1:20, 3:55, 6:30, 9:05

Sat., March 23

1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05

Sun., March 24

1:30, 4:15, 6:15, 9:00

Mon., March 25

1:30, 4:05, 6:50, 9:25

Tue., March 26

4:10, 6:45, 9:20
AFA 1:35

Wed., March 27

1:15, 3:50, 6:20, 8:55

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Fri., March 22

10:00am, 1:25, 3:25, 6:00, 8:35

Sat., March 23

10:00am, 1:30, 4:05, 6:45

Sun., March 24

12:45, 3:05, 5:40, 8:15
AFA 10:15am

Mon., March 25

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15

Tue., March 26

2:15, 4:45, 7:15
AFA 11:45am

Wed., March 27

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:20, 9:40

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 1:40, 4:10, 10:10
sensory friendly 11:30am

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:20, 9:40

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:20

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:20

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Fri., March 22

digital 11:10am, 12:25, 1:40, 2:55, 4:10, 5:20, 6:40, 7:50, 9:10

Sat., March 23

digital 11:10am, 12:25, 1:40, 2:55, 4:10, 5:20, 6:40, 7:50, 9:10

Sun., March 24

digital 11:10am, 12:25, 1:40, 2:55, 4:10, 5:20, 6:40, 7:50, 9:10

Mon., March 25

digital 12:25, 1:40, 2:55, 4:10, 5:20, 6:40, 7:50, 9:10

Tue., March 26

digital 12:25, 1:40, 2:55, 4:10, 5:20, 6:40, 7:50, 9:10

Wed., March 27

digital 12:25, 1:40, 2:55, 4:10, 5:20, 6:40, 7:50, 9:10

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Fri., March 22

digital 9:40am, 12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:25

Sat., March 23

digital 9:40am, 12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:25

Sun., March 24

digital 9:40am, 12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:25

Mon., March 25

digital 12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

Tue., March 26

digital 12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:25

Wed., March 27

digital 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20

Fri., March 22

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25

Sat., March 23

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25

Sun., March 24

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25

Mon., March 25

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25

Tue., March 26

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25

Wed., March 27

digital 10:15am, 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Fri., March 22

digital 10:55am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:55, 9:30

Sat., March 23

digital 10:55am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:55, 9:30

Sun., March 24

digital 10:55am, 1:45, 4:15, 6:55, 9:30

Mon., March 25

digital 1:45, 4:15, 6:55, 9:30

Tue., March 26

digital 1:45, 4:15, 6:55, 9:30

Wed., March 27

digital 1:45, 4:15, 6:55, 9:30

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Fri., March 22

digital 10:30am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

Sat., March 23

digital 10:30am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

Sun., March 24

digital 10:30am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

Mon., March 25

digital 10:30am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

Tue., March 26

digital 10:30am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

Wed., March 27

digital 10:30am, 12:40, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Fri., March 22

digital 10:00am, 12:15, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45

Sat., March 23

digital 10:00am, 12:15, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45

Sun., March 24

digital 10:00am, 12:15, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:45

Mon., March 25

digital 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:15

Tue., March 26

digital 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:15

Wed., March 27

digital 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:15

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Fri., March 22

10:05am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:40

Sat., March 23

10:05am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:40

Sun., March 24

10:05am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:40

Mon., March 25

10:05am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:40

Tue., March 26

10:05am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:40

Wed., March 27

10:05am, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:40

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Fri., March 22

11:00am, 1:10, 3:25, 5:35, 8:00

Sat., March 23

11:00am, 1:10, 3:25, 8:05
OC 5:35

Sun., March 24

11:00am, 1:10, 3:25, 5:35, 8:00

Mon., March 25

11:15am, 12:40, 2:55, 5:05, 7:30

Tue., March 26

11:15am, 12:40, 2:55, 5:05, 7:30

Wed., March 27

11:15am, 12:40, 2:55, 5:05
OC 7:30

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Fri., March 22

CC 10:45am, 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 10:00

Sat., March 23

CC 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 10:00

Sun., March 24

CC 10:45am, 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 10:00

Mon., March 25

CC 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 10:10

Tue., March 26

CC 10:45am, 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 10:10

Wed., March 27

CC 11:30am, 2:15, 5:00, 10:10

Thu., March 28

CC 11:25am, 2:10, 4:55, 10:05

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Fri., March 22

CC 1:15, 3:45, 6:20, 9:00

Sat., March 23

CC 1:15, 3:45, 6:20, 9:00

Sun., March 24

CC 1:15, 3:45, 6:20, 9:00

Mon., March 25

CC 1:15, 3:45, 6:20, 9:00

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 12:25, 2:40, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Fri., March 22

11:45am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:05, 9:10

Sat., March 23

11:45am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:05, 9:10

Sun., March 24

11:45am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:05

Mon., March 25

11:45am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:05

Tue., March 26

11:45am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:05

Wed., March 27

11:45am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:05

Thu., March 28

11:45am, 2:05, 4:30, 7:05

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Fri., March 22

12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 10:50

Sat., March 23

12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 10:50

Sun., March 24

12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 10:50

Mon., March 25

12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 10:50

Tue., March 26

12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 9:00

Wed., March 27

12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 10:50

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 1:10, 3:45, 8:00, 10:15

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 10:45am, 1:10, 3:45, 8:00, 10:15

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 10:45am, 1:10, 3:45, 8:00

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 4:50, 7:15

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 4:50, 7:15

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 4:50, 7:15

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 1:30, 3:50, 6:00, 8:15

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 1:30, 3:50, 6:00, 8:15

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 1:30, 3:50, 6:00, 8:15

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 1:30, 3:50, 6:00, 8:15

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 1:30, 3:50, 6:00, 8:15

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 1:30, 3:50, 6:00, 8:15

Thu., March 28

CC/DVS 1:30, 3:50, 6:00, 8:15

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Fri., March 22

9:45am, 10:00am, 12:20, 1:30, 3:30, 6:00, 8:45

Sat., March 23

9:45am, 10:00am, 12:20, 12:30, 3:30, 6:00, 8:45

Sun., March 24

9:45am, 10:00am, 12:20, 1:30, 3:30, 6:00, 8:45

Mon., March 25

10:45am, 1:05, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45

Tue., March 26

10:15am, 10:45am, 1:45, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45

Wed., March 27

10:15am, 10:45am, 1:45, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45

Thu., March 28

10:15am, 10:45am, 1:45, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Fri., March 22

10:00am, 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:00, 8:40

Sat., March 23

10:00am, 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:00, 8:40

Sun., March 24

10:00am, 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 9:00

Mon., March 25

10:00am, 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:00, 8:40

Tue., March 26

10:00am, 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:00, 8:40

Wed., March 27

10:00am, 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:00, 8:40

Thu., March 28

10:40am, 12:40, 3:20, 6:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Fri., March 22

10:05am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Sat., March 23

10:05am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Sun., March 24

10:05am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Mon., March 25

10:05am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Tue., March 26

10:05am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

Wed., March 27

10:05am, 1:25, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Fri., March 22

11:50am, 2:00, 7:00, 9:30
3-D 4:30

Sat., March 23

11:50am, 2:00, 7:00, 9:30
3-D 4:30

Sun., March 24

11:50am, 2:00, 7:00
3-D 4:30

Mon., March 25

2:00, 7:00
3-D 4:30

Tue., March 26

2:00, 7:00
3-D 4:30

Wed., March 27

2:00, 7:00
3-D 4:30

Thu., March 28

2:00
3-D 4:30

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Fri., March 22

10:35am, 11:40am, 12:45, 1:50, 2:50, 5:20, 7:30, 9:10

Sat., March 23

10:35am, 11:40am, 12:45, 1:50, 2:50, 5:20, 7:30, 9:10

Sun., March 24

10:35am, 11:40am, 12:45, 1:50, 2:50, 5:20, 7:30, 9:10

Mon., March 25

11:50am, 12:45, 2:10, 3:00, 4:20, 5:20, 7:30

Tue., March 26

11:50am, 12:45, 2:10, 3:00, 4:20, 5:20, 7:30

Wed., March 27

11:50am, 12:45, 2:10, 3:00, 4:20, 5:20, 7:30

Thu., March 28

11:50am, 12:45, 2:10, 3:00, 4:20, 5:20, 7:30

Fri., March 22

11:15am, 2:20, 4:30, 6:45, 11:00

Sat., March 23

11:30am, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 11:00

Sun., March 24

11:30am, 5:15, 6:45, 11:15

Mon., March 25

4:30, 6:45, 11:00

Tue., March 26

4:30, 6:45, 11:00

Wed., March 27

4:30, 6:45, 11:15

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Fri., March 22

11:20am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:00

Sat., March 23

11:20am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:00

Sun., March 24

11:20am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:00

Mon., March 25

12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20

Tue., March 26

12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20

Wed., March 27

12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 11:15am, 4:10, 6:20, 8:30

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 11:15am, 4:10, 6:20, 8:30

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 11:45am, 4:40, 6:50, 9:00

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 12:30, 2:50, 5:00, 7:15, 9:25

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 12:30, 2:50, 5:00, 7:15, 9:25

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 12:30, 2:50, 5:00, 7:15, 9:25

Thu., March 28

CC/DVS 12:30, 2:50, 5:00, 7:15, 9:25

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