‘Wonder’ Special Film Review

Grade: A-

Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, and Jacob Tremblay in Wonder (2017)

I hate to say this, but I actually missed ‘Wonder’ when it was released in theaters. Now that I have finally watched it when it was held at my city’s park a few Fridays ago, I must say that I regret not going out and seeing this movie on the big screen. ‘Wonder’ is a movie that manages to balance hopefulness, emotion, and humor all through its near two hours. Though it almost feels sidetracked at times, and one moment could come off as manipulative, ‘Wonder’ is never dull.

Based on R. J. Palacios’ New York Times best-selling novel, ‘Wonder’ tells the story of a young boy named August “Auggie” Pullman (Played to perfection by Jacob Tremblay), who has a facial disorder known as Treacher Collins Syndrome, though if I can remember, the movie does not really state this. What I do remember is that it took Tremblay a total of ten hours to get his makeup done. With that much work put in, the result is astounding. But it is not the makeup that is just worth noting, Tremblay’s performance brings out the best of both worlds; that being a sense of humor and sympathy.

Joining Tremblay are Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as Auggie’s mother and father, who are nervous about him starting middle school and how the kids will react; Izabela Vidovic as Auggie’s loving sister, Via, who, despite caring for her brother, wishes that she had some attention; Noah Jupe as Jack Will, Auggie’s classmate who eventually becomes a friend to him; and Mandy Patinkin as the school’s principal Mr. Tushman. All these characters affect Auggie in a way, to the point where potential side stories showcase their point of view, and what life with Auggie is like.

As soon as ‘Wonder’ reached these side stories, I was worried that it would get detracted from Auggie’s point of view, but not only were these just bits of narrative, they also gave the side characters some depth and understanding that a good story needs. As a whole, ‘Wonder’ proved to be an inspirational movie that will fill you with joy.

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