Wonder 2017 Film Review
August 'Auggie' Pullman
Danielle Rose Russell
About the film
Producer: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Running time: 1 hr 53 mins
Genre: Family, Drama
Distributed by: Lionsgate
Wonder is a film about a 10 year old boy called August 'Auggie' Pullman who suffers with a rare facial disfigurement called Treacher Collins syndrome. He has loving parents and a sister called Olivia, called Via by her friends and family. Up to this point, Auggie has been home schooled. But when he turns 10 years old, his parents decide to enrol him in a private boarding school where he begins in fifth grade.
On starting school the Principal, Mr Tushman, gets 3 children called Jack, Charlotte and Julian to show him around the school. But children will naturally be curious and inquisitive, and soon start asking Auggie questions about his face and the way he looks. Auggie is initially bullied by many of the other children in the school, but as the film progresses, we soon see he starts to make friends. At the beginning of the film we see Auggie wearing a space helmet. One reason is really because he can hide behind the helmet, but also because he dreams of being a spaceman and going to space.
The film is a touching and moving film about how Auggie deals with going to school, and how the other children deal with him. It is interesting to see how different children react towards him, and how some are kinder towards him than others. Julian is the main school bully really, and things do come to a head between Auggie and Julian one day.
There is also the family dynamics with Auggie's parents and sister, Via. Via clearly loves her little brother, but sometimes feels resentful that her little brother needs attention when she wants to spend time with her mother. Via has lost a dear friend, and sometimes feels she needs her parents too. But, she does have feelings of guilt for feeling like this and does help and support her brother too.
I had heard a lot about this film when it was first released in the cinemas. Now available to watch on Netflix, I decided to watch this film when I saw on the list of new films to watch. I'm glad I watched it. Jacob Tremblay, who plays August Pullman, plays an excellent part. I really felt sorry for him in parts of the film. When he first starts school, he finds it really difficult to adjust to school life as the other children can be so intimidating and mean. But as time goes by, he is slowly starting to be accepted by the other children and start to enjoy school. I think there are lessons to be learned. Not only from Auggie, but also from the other students and teachers. People do learn to accept him for who he is. If you look beyond how someone looks, you can get to see the real person.
I found this an inspiring and uplifting film to watch. It shows how people treat others who look different, and how children can be so different. Some seem to have more empathy than others. Julian, who plays the bully is so mean to Auggie, I found this hard to watch. My heart went out to him. I also felt for Via. She is, indeed, a very loving sister. But I also understood why she sometimes felt excluded from the family when Auggie was getting, and needed, more attention that she was. She also had issues of her own to deal with and sometimes needed her Mum to talk to. This is obviously very difficult for the parents as they clearly love both their children equally. All in all, I found this very interesting to watch. I found it also taught me a lesson about humanity and the way we treat others.
'Wonder' official film trailer
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