(L-R) Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts as Nate and Isabel star alongside Jacob Tremblay ,Izabela Vidovic, and Danielle Rose Russell in the film adaptation of Raquel J. Palacio's best-selling novel "Wonder".
For bookworms, there might not be anything more exciting than seeing the pages of a beloved novel come to life on the “big screen.”
This excitement became a reality for over six million Americans who awaited the film adaptation of New York Times Bestseller “Wonder” written by Raquel J. Palacio.
The film made its debut on Nov. 16 and stood its ground against big names like “Coco” and “Justice League” raking in an estimated $70 million in its opening weekend.
The film follows the life of “Auggie Pullman,” a fifth-grader with a rare facial disorder that caused his face to be permanently deformed.
Since he was constantly rushed from one surgery to another his parents were reluctant to send him to public school and chose homeschooling as the safer option.
As Auggie prepared to transition into middle school, his parents decided to enroll him in private school where they felt he could make a comfortable departure from homeschooling.
Along the way, Auggie is forced to adapt to a new school and community of people who aren’t as understanding about his physical appearance.
His journey through bullies and his own self-esteem result in a story that can only be described as completely heartwarming.
I sympathized with the harassment and exclusion that “Auggie” endured throughout his transition and found myself really impressed by Jacob Tremblay’s performance in this film.
The heartbreaking rejection he felt from even his closest friends was matched with victories that only encouraged his character to keep striving against ostracism.
The main theme of the film promotes embracing diversity instead of rejecting the unknown.
The journey Auggie endures calls compassion into question and allows us to see how we would feel in his shoes.
This film resonated with me in the most nostalgic way.
Growing up is hard enough as it is but this story acted as a reminder that things could always be worse.
The same disorder Auggie endures in the film affects real children on an everyday basis.
On a larger scale, children with disabilities fall victim to bullying at an increasingly higher rate during adolescence making this film a vital platform for speaking up against this exclusion.
I think that this film is perfect for younger kids to watch and learn from.
To me, it was a simple but inspiring movie.
Yet, to kids the same age range as Auggie, it could serve as an example of the impact one student can have on another.
I would definitely advise moviegoers to bring plenty of Kleenex because this film is a tearjerker.
With a story this genuine and an impeccably invested cast, I would have to rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars.