A ten-year-old boy with a facial deformity (Jacob Tremblay) attends school for the first time when he begins the fifth grade. With the support of his mother (Julia Roberts) and father (Owen Wilson), he learns how to make friends and adjust to his new environment. Meanwhile, those around him learn not to judge a book by its cover. Wonder was directed by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), and was adapted from the best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio.~Violet LeVoit
We watched this movie as a family and when I saw it on sale I had to get it. My daughter laid claim to it when it arrived which was fine with me. She has had Pleva for the past 3 years since she was 8 (it just went into remission) and this movie was really relatable for her. Though what she had was nothing like the young boy in the movie she would get a lot of looks from people asking what’s wrong with her skin. She would try to cover herself, even in summer which is almost impossible in So Cal, which would make her skin worse from sweat and heat. She felt a bit encouraged by this movie knowing no matter what your family loves you for you and that some people can look past what you look like on the outside. She’s better know though she still has many scars on her arms and legs but also has a greater appreciation for those family and friends who stuck by her and tried their hardest to make her feel normal.
This is an excellent movie for kids to watch. The main character is a little boy who has had multiple surgeries to his face. He starts going to public school and learned quickly how cruel the world really is. The movie portrays the perspective of the little boy who gets hurt time and time again from his peers because of his looks. It’s a tear jerker for any parent and lesson for kids “not to judge a book by its cover.”
This movie really has a lot of potential to change culture in a positive way. I’d call it a “didactic” movie, intended to teach a moral lesson. Augie Pullman is a boy with a severe facial deformity, and after several years of being homeschooled, he’s ready to enter school with classmates who naturally keep a distance from him. It surprised me that the movie didn’t stay just with his viewpoint, but sometimes had sections of narration told from the perspectives of his close family and friends, and how his trials impacted them in positive and negative ways. The relationships within the family feel very authentic, with perfect chemistry especially between Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts. They play Augie’s parents. Jacob Tremblay plays Augie, and he’s outstanding. Several other ways the movie defied my expectations: 1) Augie is a complex character, often incorrigible and kind of naughty and not just a victim. 2) The movie made me sympathize with more people than just him, including his longsuffering sister who hardly ever gets parental attention given to her. 3) The bully who escalates the threats on Pullman is not as hardened as he initially seems. 4) Augie becomes a paragon of the human spirit of discovery, more than just an inspiration for enduring rejection. He shows more interest in discovering the world than people who have normal faces. I don’t know why that is, unless he’s just more introspective due to his deformity.
The movie is quite touching, and it ought to be shown in schools and hopefully will. It belongs to all people, kids and adults, and is equally accessible to any intelligence level.
A heartwarming story about someone who is different and must face the pitfalls of what that means. Without giving away too much of the story - you will feel up and down emotions about what the young boy in the movie deals with. Jacob Tremblay does a marvelous job as the young boy while Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts are good in the parent role.