“Wonder”: An Uplifting Family Tale

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Victoria Jordan/Staff Reporter

“Wonder” follows the life of August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a boy who has lived his life with a facial disfigurement, as he is immersed within the realm of public school to start fifth grade after spending his time being homeschooled by his mother Isabel Pullman (Julia Roberts). The film was directed by Stephen Chbosky who is also known for directing the films “Perks of a Being a Wallflower” and “Beauty and the Beast.” It also stars Owen Wilson as Nate Pullman and Izabela Vidovic as Olivia Pullman.

The film is an adaptation of the novel “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio which was published in 2012 and has been recognized with many awards such as the Mark Twain Award and Junior Young Reader’s Choice Award. Palacio states that she wrote the book after seeing a young child with a facial deformity at an ice cream shop with her son. Based on her reactions at that moment, she felt the book would give its readers the valuable life lessons that you should never judge a book by its cover and that real beauty is found within.

As a film, “Wonder” expressed themes of self-appreciation, acceptance and inspiration as August overcomes the adversities that society projects onto individuals like him who are not considered a part of the “norm.” Even if nothing life-altering has happened to you or if you feel as though you do not stand out as much, the film still emphasizes that those individuals matter as well.

In addition to the lesson of acceptance, it also highlights the importance of communication, in which we must communicate to others how we feel, what we feel, and our feelings toward one another without shutting each other out of our lives. “Wonder” is a heart-warming film
that is perfect to watch over the winter break with your family.

Take in all the themes that the film is trying to teach to the audience and reflect on what you have done or would have done within those scenarios.