This movie has really a lot of potential to change culture in a positive way. I¡¯d call it a ¡°didactic¡± movie, intended to teach a moral lesson. Augie Pullman is a boy with a severe facial deformity, and after several years of being homeschooled, he¡¯s ready to enter school with classmates who naturally keep a distance from him. It surprised me that the movie didn¡¯t stay just with his viewpoint, but sometimes had sections of narration told from the perspectives of his close family and friends, and how his trials impacted them in positive and negative ways. The relationships within the family feel very authentic, with perfect chemistry between Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts especially. They play Augie¡¯s parents. Jacob Tremblay plays Augie, and he¡¯s outstanding. Several other ways the movie defied my expectations: 1) Augie is a complex character, often incorrigible and kind of naughty and not just a victim. 2) The movie made me sympathize with more people than just him, including his longsuffering sister who hardly ever gets parental attention given to her. 3) The bully who escalates the threats on Pullman is not as hardened as he initially seems. 4) Augie becomes a paragon of the human spirit of discovery, more than just an inspiration for enduring rejection. He shows more interest in discovering the world than people who have normal faces. I don¡¯t know why that is, unless he¡¯s just more introspective due to his deformity.
Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay star in an inspiring story of a loving family whose son, born with facial differences, enters a mainstream school for the first time.
Based on the beloved best-selling novel, WONDER follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Oscar? winner Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay star in this heartwarming and uplifting film.
Actors: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Noah Jupe, Daveed Diggs
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, PAL
Region: Region 4 for Australia
Number of discs: 1
DVD Release in: 2018