“Wonder” Review

2 December, 2017

Director: Stephen Chbosky
Screenwriters: Stephen Chbosky, Steven Conrad, Jack Thorne
Director of Photography: Don Burgess
Cast: 
Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson

Synopsis: Following a series of life-saving surgeries, a boy with a facial deformity joins a local school where he’s forced to interact with children his own age, many of whom react negatively to his appearance and lack of social confidence.

Wonder Review:

Life-affirming goodness at its most adept and creative, learning from the sadness behind a youngster’s eyes as he ventures out of his bubble and discovers the harsh reality of the world outside, “Wonder” helms a story to be proud of with child star Jacob Tremblay in front and centre and gearing up for another gigantic awards sweep. Spellbinding as a TCS-sufferer struggling to fit into his new and overwhelming surroundings, the film reminds everyone of their daunting first day in school, finding the outcast in all of us while Tremblay brings a unique kind of warmth and humility to a naturally sympathetic role, utilising his sizeable intellect and a wisdom beyond his years in scenes requiring a likeable personality to root for.

A life lesson for viewers young and old, “Wonder” utilises intersecting perspectives, finding reason to examine those closest to young Auggie as director Stephen Chbosky hammers home the importance of compassion for all, growing fond of each and every character in R.J. Palacio’s bestselling novel by seamlessly knitting together crossover lives. While someone may carry their biggest insecurities on their face, others hide theirs behind destructive thoughts and actions, becoming bullies to win friends yet ultimately trampling on other people’s happiness in the process.


Assessing the role that friends and family play in the development of both positive and negative patterns of behaviour, “Wonder” places luck and happiness in a new perspective, inhabiting the grey area between polar opposites in a story about the happy and the sad place inside even those with seemingly nothing to worry about. Waiting patiently for everyone to share their own side of the story, “Wonder” reminds viewers from all walks of life that everyone has their good days and bad days and that often we have more in common with one another than our preconceived notions would ever dare to suggest.

 

   

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