I don’t even know where to start with Wonder. If you have seen the trailer or read the book, then you will know what to expect, but for those who haven’t – this is a legit emotional roller-coaster. Wonder tells the story of August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), who is about to experience elementary school for the first time after being home schooled his whole life. Auggie isn’t like the other kids, he has a rare genetic disease that has left him quite disfigured. Take a second and have a think about how kids in elementary school (who have no filter or concept of such) would handle someone being ‘different’…. let alone disfigured.
Without giving too much away, Wonder takes us on a journey that highlights bullying, empathy, true friendship and family. The director expertly portrays the trials and tribulations of school life ‘on the outer’ and the lessons learned from this. If Jacob Temblay’s performance wasn’t enough, we are also treated to Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who play the (justifiably) over-protective parents who have their own battles. The bottom line is…. watch this movie. Now.