I knew from watching trailers and reading about it that “Wonder” was going to take me there emotionally. But what I was not prepared for was the level in which it did.
If you haven’t read the book, “Wonder” tells the story of August Pullman. August, or Auggie, was born with facial differences -- Treacher Collins Syndrome -- and at the point of the movie has had 27 surgeries. We enter his life during his journey to attending school for the first time, after being homeschooled by his mom.
Imagine the trepidation you felt when attending school for the first time, mounted with the additional circumstances that Auggie is dealing with. And you can get the sense of the film.
“Wonder” takes great care of the delicate subject matter, and puts the audience on a journey of what each character is facing. While it may seem that we’re only going to get Auggie’s perspective of his life in the film, we in turn are able to get a multitude of perspectives. And that is one of the most dynamic aspects of the film.
We can glean just from subject matter at hand how Auggie would feel about entering a new school, having to be around other kids without his trusty astronaut helmet and navigating the world of forming friendships. But what’s usually missing in these type of scenarios are the effects felt by the surrounding characters.
I’m not going to lie to you, this movie will pull on every single heartstring you have. It’s a wonderful story about resilience, triumph, bravery and compassion. Every child should watch this, and I think it will make for a good discussion on how we treat one another.
So grab your tissues and your kids and head to the theaters!