Wonder The Movie: is it all it’s cracked up to be? 

The short story, yes Wonder is 100% worth going to, ASAP. The long story, here goes …

Wonder is about August, Auggie (played by Jacob Tremblay), a young boy with facial differences. As his sister (Izabela Vidovic) in the film says, in some cases he would of won the lottery. Unfortunately, for Auggie entering school for the first time at fifth grade with facial differences isn’t easy. The film follows his journey through school, making friends and embracing his differences. His parents, who are played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, are perfect. They manage to pull of the some-what over-bearing parents who are also trying to be totally cool about their child going off to school perfectly. They’re the kind of parents we all wish we had.

So why should you, a grown ass women (or man) watch Wonder, a movie about a kids making friends, being bullied and embracing differences? Well, for the same reason that I felt it was necessary to write 300-something words about this film; it makes you feel.

That might sound really lame, but trust me, this film makes you feel everything from happiness to sadness (a lot). It makes you laugh and it also makes you think a lot about the kind of person you want to be. And, if you’re at that stage of your life, the kind of parent you hope to be. At this time of the year, especially after the year the world has had, it is nice to watch a movie that is about compassion and empathy and everything else the world needs a little more of.

The messages in this film are also incredible for children. And after taking my best friend along, who happens to be a primary school teacher, we had a good discussion about how situations like this can be handled to best benefit the kids in the class, and the child coming into the school. After all, as she said, kids don’t want to be cruel, they are just curious but don’t always understand the consequences of their questions. It really makes you question your behaviour and how it can impact children, whether these are your own kids or not.

All I can say is take the tissues, and try refrain from ugly crying…it’s not an easy task.