VVNG- We all know that humans are capable of doing pretty crappy things. They often steal mail, text while they drive, dump their trash in the desert, etc. This is all very demoralizing the hear about and, unfortunately, those are the types of things that stand out and what we usually focus on, instead of in the actions of the remarkable people who always try their hardest to be loving. This movie reminds us that there are still plenty of decent human beings out there whose kindness and love have the power to overshadow any negativity that oozes out of unpleasant individuals.
Auggie Pullman (played superbly by Jacob Tremblay) is a boy who was born with a very rare facial condition called Treacher Collins syndrome. Because of his condition, he has always been stared at and has never felt like he fits in. Having always been homeschooled, due to the fact that he has been in and out of surgery all of his life, his awesome parents (not being sarcastic) decide it’s time for him to attend an actual school to start the fifth grade. Auggie is soon bullied and ostracized by his peers, but with the love and support of his friends and family, and his own extraordinary spirit, he will undoubtedly overcome any ignorance and hate that is unjustly directed towards him. Ultimately coming out on top as a positive inspiration to anyone lucky enough to have the pleasure of meeting him.
I give Wonder, the “Checky™ Seal of Approval!” NOBODY should go through the things Auggie experiences. I know he is fictional, but his character perfectly exemplifies what a lot of people might be going through (#standwithkeaton). Real or not, plenty of individuals can see this as an example that things can definitely get better in the future. Wonder is able to show us that sometimes people act despicably because of their environment, or simply because they don’t know how to react when someone looks different than them. The filmmakers are able to show how nasty certain men, women, and children can be towards others. However, it also highlights the caring and benevolent humans who are still out there, and how their acts of kindness are able to shine brightly in the darkest of situations.
The entire cast is great, and the way they told the story from the perspective of multiple characters was a great way to show us more than just the surface of what they were all going through. The only thing I didn’t like was the dog storyline, it seemed a bit forced and it felt like it was just added to add more sadness to the already heart-wrenching story. Other than that, I say this flick is a must-see for everyone (especially kiddos) who might not realize that there are going to be lots of people they will eventually interact with that are different than them and that it is NEVER ok to be mean to them, especially for something no one has any control over. You might cry, you might get mad, but you are surely going to enjoy this uplifting and inspiring story.
So, what did you think of Wonder? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.
Official Synopsis: Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.