Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult
Main Performers: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Run Time: 113 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Auggie, a ten-year-old boy with a facial deformity, is starting fifth grade. This is his first year at the private school Beecher Prep, and he soon finds himself the object of many stares and jibes throughout the school. Despite the bullying, Auggie is shown kindness by fellow students Summer and Jack Will, and friendship develops. Throughout the year, the students experience the hard life of being kids in fifth grade, especially being different from the perceived norm. In the end, the students go on an overnight field trip, and in a confrontation with seventh graders from another school, kids who had previously been mean to Auggie stand up for him. When the fifth graders return home, they are more closely bonded and the bullying dies off. The kindness and friendship demonstrated that year bring the grade together and lift the students to a higher level of humanity.
Inspiring and well-done, this movie is sure to touch viewer's hearts and inspire them to be better. A visual adaptation of the book by the same name, Wonder lives up to its literary glory. The plot and characterization follow those of the book closely, with only minor changes made to fit the story to film. It incorporates the same style of telling the story through different perspectives, showing Auggie's story through his eyes, as well as the eyes of his family and friends. The actors chosen to represent the characters portray their personas beautifully. The characters themselves are flawed and realistic, with relatable struggles and triumphs. The music that accompanies the film is well-incorporated and adds to the film’s exceptional quality. The film is touching but not overly emotional, with just the right amount of tug at the heartstrings to make viewers fall in love with the film. Wonder is an excellent work that is great for adults and children of any age.
*Contains mild violence