August 'Auggie' Pullman
Danielle Rose Russell
About the film
Producer: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Running time: 1 hr 53 mins
Genre: Family, Drama
Distributed by: Lionsgate
Wonder is a film about a 10 year old boy called August 'Auggie' Pullman who suffers with a rare facial disfigurement called Treacher Collins syndrome. He has loving parents and a sister called Olivia, called Via by her friends and family. Up to this point, Auggie has been home schooled. But when he turns 10 years old, his parents decide to enrol him in a private boarding school where he begins in fifth grade.
On starting school the Principal, Mr Tushman, gets 3 children called Jack, Charlotte and Julian to show him around the school. But children will naturally be curious and inquisitive, and soon start asking Auggie questions about his face and the way he looks. Auggie is initially bullied by many of the other children in the school, but as the film progresses, we soon see he starts to make friends. At the beginning of the film we see Auggie wearing a space helmet. One reason is really because he can hide behind the helmet, but also because he dreams of being a spaceman and going to space.
The film is a touching and moving film about how Auggie deals with going to school, and how the other children deal with him. It is interesting to see how different children react towards him, and how some are kinder towards him than others. Julian is the main school bully really, and things do come to a head between Auggie and Julian one day.
There is also the family dynamics with Auggie's parents and sister, Via. Via clearly loves her little brother, but sometimes feels resentful that her little brother needs attention when she wants to spend time with her mother. Via has lost a dear friend, and sometimes feels she needs her parents too. But, she does have feelings of guilt for feeling like this and does help and support her brother too.
I had heard a lot about this film when it was first released in the cinemas. Now available to watch on Netflix, I decided to watch this film when I saw on the list of new films to watch. I'm glad I watched it. Jacob Tremblay, who plays August Pullman, plays an excellent part. I really felt sorry for him in parts of the film. When he first starts school, he finds it really difficult to adjust to school life as the other children can be so intimidating and mean. But as time goes by, he is slowly starting to be accepted by the other children and start to enjoy school. I think there are lessons to be learned. Not only from Auggie, but also from the other students and teachers. People do learn to accept him for who he is. If you look beyond how someone looks, you can get to see the real person.
I found this an inspiring and uplifting film to watch. It shows how people treat others who look different, and how children can be so different. Some seem to have more empathy than others. Julian, who plays the bully is so mean to Auggie, I found this hard to watch. My heart went out to him. I also felt for Via. She is, indeed, a very loving sister. But I also understood why she sometimes felt excluded from the family when Auggie was getting, and needed, more attention that she was. She also had issues of her own to deal with and sometimes needed her Mum to talk to. This is obviously very difficult for the parents as they clearly love both their children equally. All in all, I found this very interesting to watch. I found it also taught me a lesson about humanity and the way we treat others.
'Wonder' official film trailer
© 2018 Louise Powles
John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on December 07, 2018:
A good review, Louise. I had heard this was a good film but, so far, have not had the opportunity to watch it. I am please to hea4 it is now available on Netflix so I can watch it. Your review convinced me it will be a worthwhile experience. Thank you.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 13, 2018:
The film seems to be interesting. Thanks for sharing your review.
Louise Powles (author) from Norfolk, England on November 04, 2018:
Flourish, I'm sorry to hear about your husband's nephews. Kids can be so cruel sometimes. I hope you enjoy the film.
FlourishAnyway from USA on November 03, 2018:
I’m going to watch this movie. Thank you for highlighting it. My husband’s nephew has muscular dystrophy and you would not believe the bullying he has gotten from kids in school. It’s sad when kids don’t know the damage they do.
Liz Westwood from UK on November 02, 2018:
I had forgotten about this film, but thanks for bringing it back to my attention. It's good to see mainstream actors tackling a less mainstream subject.
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on November 02, 2018:
That was my first wife's middle name so surely I had to discover what the "hero to the people," by definition, have to say.
That story reminds me of what Isaiah 52:13-14 said of the coming messiah with my interpretations in [brackets].
"13 Behold, my servant [messiah] shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage [appearance] was so marred [changed] more than any man, and his form [of living] more than the sons of men:"
It also reminds me of how most of the time when I enter any place, dressed as seen in my photo since I first began, in NYC, my "religious" dressing in 1981. I could walk Fifth Avenue during rush or lunch hour and the crowd would part allowing me to walk between the two different flowing groups of people. Very few people were curious enough to speak to me. Then I became a fixture in Washington Square Park where someone finally asked me to play Frisbee and I learned to throw it 10 ways with both hands and the word got around and I began to meet all manner of people.
After leaving NYC some peopled just upon seeing me walking toward them would cross the street until they passed me before returning to the same side I was on. Along Interstate Highways people would call Hwy. Patrol saying someone looking like Moses was walking it but ultimately people began to warm up to me. So I could feel exactly how Auggie felt as I read it. The difference is I only had my inner guid to console me.
Thanks for presenting it, Louise, I appreciate being reminded of my own past.