Wonder is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Chbosky, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay, and follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in.
Wonder was released in the United States on November 17, 2017, by Lionsgate, and has grossed $305 million worldwide.
Why It Rocks
- It's emotional, charming, sympathetic, and likable.
- Although the film is not based on any true events, it manages to feel as real as possible.
- Talented acting.
- The dialogue is really splendid.
- Songs from other bands or famous people in the film like "We're Going to Be Friends" for example are really fun songs to put inside the movie.
- Amazing music soundtrack.
- The slice of life story is very well-done.
- The ending is great.
- The moments mostly are either really heartwarming, emotional, or really spectacular, like Jack apologizing to Auggie on a Minecraft server, the heartwarming Christmas sequence and the very emotional and sad moment of the death of the Pullmans' dog, Daisy.
- The pop culture references concerning Star Wars and Minecraft are acceptable and non invasive.
- Good characterization, Auggie and Via are pretty nice characters. Some characters have good development through the movie, they start off as total jerks but later become nice to Auggie.
- It's very faithful to the novel it was based on, despite having some scenes in the film that were different from the novel.
- Chewbacca's appearance is a surprising honor to be in the movie.
- Noah Jupe plays a brilliant American accent as Jack.
- The decision to cast an actor without Treacher-Collins syndrome to play a character with the disease has been criticized by many people with physical disabilities that were offended with the choice behind the character, which is just taking it the wrong way.
- Though heartwarming, the ending with the award ceremony is ironic and takes the message about treating people equally away.
This movie received really positive reviews from critics. It was praised for the emotional and heartwarming moments, characters, actors, and how the movie was based on the book from 2012.
- Noah Jupe is not from the United States, he is actually born in the United Kingdom, thus in real life, he has a British accent. Explaining why he is one of the British child actors to give Jack an American accent because of the fact that the movie was set in the United States.