Wonder

Wonder

Stephen Chbosky (2017)

108min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A bright ten-year-old boy with a congenital facial disfigurement confronts the challenge of settling into a new school in this thoughtful drama, which suggests that growing up is tough for even the most well-adjusted children. Impressive in the kidnap study Room, gifted young actor Jacob Tremblay shines again here, cutting a touching but rarely self-pitying figure behind the prosthetics, and he's ably supported by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as doting but careworn parents. Working from RJ Palacio's acclaimed novel, writer/director Stephen Chbosky expands the scope of the story, adopting various perspectives - including Tremblay's somewhat ignored older sister, and a somewhat two-faced classmate. This shows how peer pressure acts insidiously across the social spectrum of school-age children, but is most keenly felt by those outsiders who just don't look the part. An uncommonly engrossing and subtle affair for much of the way, Chbosky's film eventually tugs a little too vigorously at the heartstrings. Still, there's enough empathy and insight here to forgive its understandable desire to play to the gallery.

Summary

A 10-year-old boy with facial disfigurements that have so far required almost 30 operations takes on a whole new challenge when, after being home educated his entire life, enters mainstream school for the first time. As he struggles to fit in, his fellow pupils and the community are forced to learn the power of compassion and acceptance. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay star in Stephen Chbosky's drama, based on the best-selling novel by RJ Palacio.

Cast & Crew

Isabel Pullman Julia Roberts
Auggie Pullman Jacob Tremblay
Nate Pullman Owen Wilson
Olivia Pullman, "Via" Izabela Vidovic
Mr Browne Daveed Diggs
Mr Tushman Mandy Patinkin
Jack Will Noah Jupe
Justin Nadji Jeter
Miranda Danielle Rose Russell
Michelle Emma Tremblay
Grans Sonia Braga
Jullian's mom Crystal Lowe
Ms Petosa Ali Liebert
Director Stephen Chbosky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Dec 2017
Drama