Wonder DVD Review


Good Morning Lovelies, 

Julia Roberts is one actress who no matter what, you can’t help enjoying her films. Her smile is infectious and you always find yourself thinking back to the classic 80s and 90s features that made her a household name. In her latest film, Wonder, she brings a powerful woman to life again, but her smile is upstaged this time around, by the amazing Jacob Tremblay.

Based on the best-selling book of the same name by R. J. Palacio, Tremblay plays 10-year-old Auggie - in director Stephen Chbosky’s version - a young boy who was born with facial disfigurements due to Treacher Collins Syndrome. After years of being taught at home by his mum (Roberts) and dad (Owen Wilson), he decides he wants to go to school, causing his family to deal with the consequences of his decision.

Heart-breaking and uplifting all at the same time, the film clutches on to your heart in a similar way to the book, but with added emotions from the brilliant performances on screen. It continuously flips between showing the light and dark world that Auggie faces at school and how much kids face at a young age.

After his fabulous role in Room, Tremblay is making sure that he remains as an actor to watch, with his spot-on adaptation of Auggie. He completely captures the young boy from the pages of the book and makes audiences see and feel the growth that his character goes on. He makes sure that even up these fabulous actors who have been around a long time, he is the one in charge in make sure that the audiences stay entertained.

As does Robert’s whose mother figure is fragile and powerful all at the same time. From spending time with her son whilst in their home, to begging the children to be nice to him on his first day of school, they show scenes that every parent watching will be able to recognise. The need to protect your child no matter what.

There are a few issues with the film though. Sometimes it feels as though the film is trying to hard to get its message across. It is obvious that it wants to show people that everyone should be accepted, no matter what and audiences will be able to pick this up from the first five minutes. However, the film plays on it a lot to try and pack an even bigger punch, leading to some scenes feeling like they have already been watched. All of which making it feel like they are just trying to come up with filler content.

Overall though, Wonder is a film that the whole family can enjoy. It is a lesson for all the family to see that kindness costs nothing and places Tremblay, Roberts and Wilson back at the top of their careers. With shining script pieces, full of brilliant monologues and a trustworthy adaptation of the book, this will not disappoint fans. There so, I am giving it…

3 ½ Stars

Blog Soon, 
Joey X 

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