Wonder: Movie Review
By: Matt Suzara
August "Auggie" Pullman is young boy who grew up with facial deformities. He is home-schooled by his mother Isabel (Julia Roberts) and doesn't leave the house without wearing his astronaut helmet. After a long discussion, Auggie's Dad Nate (Owen Wilson) and Isabel decided that the time has come for him to enter a real school. With his entire family, cheering behind his back including her sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), Auggie must now adapt and try to blend in and figure out how to deal with the new chapter of his life.
Wonder is a one-of-a-kind film that tackles the very sensitive topic about bullying. It handles the subject really well and explains how it affects not only the victim but the people around him. The story focuses on Auggie and what he is experiencing everyday behind that horrible look and how he adapts to the new life away from his comfort zone. The spotlight is supposed to be focused on Auggie the whole time, but the film managed to explain also the impact of Auggie to the other characters. I love how Director Stephen Chbosky split all the times and gave everyone a moment to shine without stealing the important detail from the main character. He adapted the novel of R.J. Palacio in the most affecting way possible.
We were simply mesmerized with the story that kept us glued onto our seats the whole time. It has a wonderful and sentimental message that could touch the hearts of many. It is well-balanced and sustains a delightful pace that doesn't need any fancy gimmicks to make the film work. We also love the fact that all the stars were committed in bringing their A-game to the picture for the audience to experience the heartfelt masterpiece where a lot can easily relate into.
All the performances are stunningly great. Jacob Tremblay continues to impress as his presence alone can easily connect him and the viewers. He is young yet already remarkable at all means. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson sell their characters pretty well as Auggie's lovable parents. I like their pairing as you feel the love and care to their child making the audience feel that they are a real family. Izabela Vidovic completes the Pullman family also dealing with different problems but still continues to support his younger brother.
Aside from the Pullman family' there are a lot more of supporting roles that left a mark. Noah Jupe looked like a younger version of Leonardo DiCarpio. He is full of charm wit and shows a great chemistry with Jacob Tremblay. Bryce Gheisar was effectively played well as the bully kid. He is good because we hated him here even we loved his performance in A Dog's Purpose. There are no small roles in here as Danielle Rose Russell, Daveed Diggs, Mandy Patinkin and Millie Davis all did their part and contributed a lot.
Overall, Wonder is one of the most heartfelt films we watched this year. We basically loved everything about this film from the inspiring story, remarkable cast and outstanding way on how they touch the viewers through the message of their film. It is a definitely must watch film that you shouldn't miss on the big screen.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 10 out of 10 stars
Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Opens November 29 in cinemas nationwide