Based on the R.J. Palacio novel of the same name, “Wonder” follows in the life of August Pullman. He was born with a genetic abnormality that has required him to undergo surgeries and medical treatments since his earliest days.
Auggie has been taught at home but the film's drama starts when goes to school and has to interact with the mixed bag that is the human race. He is like "a lamb to the slaughter", says his kind father in an unguarded moment. "Is it always going to be like this?" Auggie asks his mother when he had been brought especially low. Thankfully, society has moved on in many ways and intolerance is now sometimes confronted properly by the people who count. This is shown in Auggie's humane, bold headmaster, Mr. Tushman, who emphasizes how easy it is to hurt people and how we all have in us the choice always to be kind.
The film single-handedly redefines the feeling of being 'warm and fuzzy'. It's brilliant family fun and suitable for youngsters, in fact I wish this film had been around when I was a kid. Chbosky reaches deep inside each of his viewers to rekindle our childhood and those amazingly fond memories. He reteaches us to love our family, our friends and most importantly ourselves.
The narrative is spectacular. Beautiful and inspiring with excellent life advice as well as psychology to live by. This movie was about love, compassion, hardship, life, sacrifices, hope, suffering, tears, happiness, joy, sadness, friendship, family, endurance, determination and being strong and more. As a film watched by the whole family it certainly moved us all, reminding us how much we really mean to each other and to value every day that comes and goes.
Most importantly the story does not shy away from being true to life. Yes, childhood is dramatic at times, friendships can be hard, love can be testing and family does sometimes get in the way. But Auggie's story makes us realize that by fighting for what's right and what we love, we can never lose.
Smiles are not hard to come by in 'Wonder', but tissues may be advisable. The acting is stellar and believable from all the actors young and old and the film plays out like a complete filmed page out of someone’s life-book. The film just generally gets the human race spot on. Additionally another thing it gets spot on is our ability to love and feel - especially the warmth and fuzziness of show-stopping cinema.