Film: Wonder

Was Wonder a cinematic wonder or did it fall a little flat? Although this film is good, it doesn’t quite live up to its name.

Based on the book of the same name by R.J Palacio, Wonder follows the touching story of August Pullman or Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), a child who suffers from facial deformities. As Auggie enters school for the first time, we witness the impact this has on him, his family, friends, the school and the community.

One of my favourite aspects of this film is that it is broken down into four parts each following a different character. This allows the audience to see the films action from different perspectives. The film follows the journey of Auggie, Auggies’ sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), Auggies’ friend Jack Will (Noah Jupe) and finally Vias’ friend Miranda (Danielle Rose Russell). This gives the film a unique perspective as it shows how each of these characters deals with prejudice and the many challenges they face in their lives. Although these challenged are mostly revolving around Auggie, we also see other challenges they are facing, and many school aged children face in their daily lives. The film highlights that everyone has their own difficulties in life, you just have to look and you will find them.

This film attempts to pull at your heart strings, but for me it wasn’t as successful as I was hoping it could be. The saddest part of the movie was the Pullman familys’ dog dying, which didn’t really have much to do with the over arching storyline. Although there were parts that we’re enjoyable, I couldn’t genuinely connect with the story or its characters which led the film to indeed, fall little flat.

Rating: 6/10

Wonder is currently in cinemas nationwide.

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