WONDER (2017): Feel-Good

Updated: Feb 16, 2021


Gist: Wonder is truly an inspiring movie about a ten-year-old boy August aka Auggie, who is born with a facial deformity because of which he was home schooled for several years. His parents finally decided that it was time for him to attend a mainstream school. He faces many bullies and emotional hassles, but he makes it through them all!


Description: Wonder is another movie that I am writing a review on, which is based on a novel also called Wonder; writen by American author, R.J. Palacio. It was published in the year 2012. The different factor about this movie is that, although Auggie is the main character it not only describes his life, but also the lives of his Family members and his Friends seperately. Auggie proves that "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out". This is a message of hope for anyone who is enduring with facial abnormalities like Auggie, in real life. This movie is beautifully put and is very heartwarming. It is directed by Stephen Chbosky. Wonder is streaming on Netflix.

Cast: Wonder is staring: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Noah Jupe.


Characters:

August 'Auggie' Pullman (Jacob Tremblay)-

Auggie is just like any normal 10 year old boy who is a little stubborn about things. The only thing that is different about him is the rare facial syndrome, for which he got 27 surgeries, some big and some small, during the first decade of his life. He is very self-conscious about it. He has some medical mysteries that doctors still haven’t figured out. He faces many challenges that the bullies at his school threw at him, but Auggie succeeded in proving to them that there is a lot more to him than what meets the eye. Auggie does come from a wealthy background, but he does not show off his wealth and is not arrogant about it.


Isabel Pullman (Julia Roberts)-

Isabel is the strong and loving mother of two children, Auggie and his sister Olivia. She is a children's book illustrator and she didn't stop drawing even after she started home schooling Auggie herself. She does not lose hope on days when Auggie was in a bad condition. She did have to give up a lot of things after Auggie was born because he definitely was a handfull. Isabel pushes Auggie to be in a public school, afterall he had to face the real world someday, right? Even though she was the one who encourages Auggie to attend a mainstream school, she is surely concerned about her son, on how he will be treated there by others.


Nate Pullman (Owen Wilson)-

Nate is very close to his son Auggie. He tries to protect Auggie from all the hostility. He is protective, but not too much; because he knows that if he keeps helping Auggie in fighting his battles, he will remain dependent on his parents throughout his life, which is obviously not what a parent wants for their child. Nate's coping mechanism is always humor because he tries to remain strong in front of his enduring child, but on the inside he is very upset to see Auggie go through so much.


Olivia 'Via' Pullman (Izabela Vidovic)-

Via is Auggie's elder sister. She typically feels second and left out in her family especially by her mother. Her mother, Isabel seems to give most of her attention to Auggie because he is in dire need of it. Via always understands this but she still feels like she will never be as important to her parents as much as Auggie. She begins to feel this way soon after one of her favorite person passes away, her grandmother. Her grandmother was the only one who looked after Via, as much as Isabel looked after Auggie. Her parents might give her less attention, but they do love her wholeheartedly. Via doesn't despises any of her family members for making her feel this way.


Jack Will (Noah Jupe)-

Auggie befriends Jack in his new school. Jack is a pretty laid back guy, who doesn't exactly fit in with the peers of his age in school either. He's not really into school that much except the fun parts of it like Gym, and lunch :p but Jack and Auggie tend to find fun things to do when they are together. Jack wants to be Auggie's good friend but he desperately wants to be close to the "popular" kids of the school as well, because of which he unknowingly hurts Auggie's feelings, which was never his intention.


Awards: Wonder was nominated for 2 Oscars, and won 3 People's Choice Awards.


Ratings: 8/10 on IMDb, 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and 94% on Netflix.


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