Wonder, based on the 2012 best-selling novel by RJ Palacio of the same name, tells a story of a boy named August, nicknamed Auggie, who was born with a condition that causes facial deformities. Even after going through 27 surgeries he still looks noticeably different from other kids his age. After years of home-schooling, Auggie is sent to attend a regular school. And the different kind of problems he has to face and how he fights back, forms the crux of the story.
Wonder is blessed with stunning performances by its great cast which consists of Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Danielle Russell and others.
All the characters are very well developed. Instead of only focusing on the central character, the story shows the point of view of other characters too. This really helps the viewer to connect with the film. Every moment of emotion fits like a puzzle with each viewpoint and that convincingly flows in every scene.
Co-writer and Director Stephen Chbosky never allows the story to go over dramatic and successfully manages to keep it real and believable. The movie rightly delivers the message of kindness, forgiveness and the importance of self-love, which makes it a wholesome family entertainer.
Overall, Wonder is a simple and warm emotional drama with a lot of heart. It is a gem of a movie which is rare to find in today’s age of superhero and blockbuster films.
Rating: 💋💋💋 & 1/2
Genre: Drama, Family
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Screenplay by: Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky
Based on: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs