Wonder: Movie Insights
“When given the choice between being right or being kind choose kind.” This is the precept or the first class rule given by Mr. Browne, the Grade 5 adviser of the main character, August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay). No one can never be wrong if he chooses to be kind.
Nowadays, kindness and the values attached to it are very important in molding and reshaping today’s society. The following are the values learned or can be learned from the movie.
The smallest unit of the society, the family must display love for each other. Kids like Auggie primarily need love as he grow up. Creating a world in Pullman’s home is an assurance for Auggie that he is love. The parents portrayed by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson and sibling, Izabela Vidovic serve as his strongest pillars of support system. His mother’s love is undeniably immeasurable. His father’s sense of humour colors and initiates positivity towards life. His sister’s wide understanding is remarkable. Also, no one can deny the happiness that our pet like Daisy gives us.
Being different doesn’t mean isolation and restriction. Mr. and Mrs. Pullman just want the best for their kids. Auggie is home-schooled not until grade 5. Shifting from home- schooling to regular class is a battle between fear and courage. Like other parents, the Pullmans fear the acceptance and adaptation of Auggie towards the people who will surround him. But no fear can be surpassed unless one has faced it.
The development of confidence through appreciation is one of the challenges that parents can take. The removal of the astronaut’s helmet is a symbol of appreciation and acceptance of oneself.
Respect is another virtue that a person must possess. This virtue must be reinforced by another institution of the society, the school. The policy on no tolerance to bullying is a legal way to impose respect towards the uniqueness among one another. No one must be treated inferior because of any reason.
The respect to parents and to authority was also seen in the movie. The discussion between Auggie and his mother over dinner, Auggie and Via during Halloween, Justin and his classmates in their Halloween costumes, and Justin and Julian at the corridor remind us to acknowledge the life struggles experienced by everyone and each one must respect it.
Recognizing of one’s privacy also displays respect. In the movie, this was symbolized by knocking one’s door before entry.
When and why do people forgive? Heartaches from important and trusted people are the most painful and hardest. Only time, clear intent, and being open for reconciliation are the keys to rebuild and establish new relationships.
Like Auggie, everyone deserves a standing ovation. People must not carry any weakness to be a hindrance towards success and happiness.
© 2017 Pinky de Garcia