Film Review: Wonder

This film adaptation of Racquel Jaramillo’s bestselling 2012 children’s novel, ‘Wonder’, directed by Steven Chbosky, is sure to capture the hearts of audiences of all ages.

The story follows ten-year-old boy August ‘Auggie’ Pullman (Jacob Tremblay). As Auggie says himself, he lives a pretty ordinary life. Unfortunately, Auggie was born with a birth defect which has changed his facial structure in a way that perplexes children and adults alike. Due to Auggie’s illness effecting not just his physical appearance but his ability to hear, walk and talk, he has been home-schooled by his mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts), for his entire life.

The film begins just as Auggie is about to commence his studies at a mainstream Middle School for the very first time. ‘Wonder’ takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as Auggie and his family navigate the trials and triumphs of his first year at school. It tells a story of trust and bravery and what it means to be a true friend. The film also encompasses the unrelenting challenges faced by families with sick children and how these trials pervade their entire way of living. ‘Wonder’ is a simple yet heart-warming story for all ages that will remind you of the truly important things in life: love, friendship and courage.


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