Watch the inevitable ‘holiday’ Wonder!
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People tend to seek perfect things in an imperfect world. But if you’re Auggie Pullman, you see imperfect people in an imperfect world.
Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), as he aptly puts it, “is no ordinary kid”. Born with a rare facial disfigurement and having undergone successive surgeries at an early age, he has lived a protected life – under the watchful eye of his loving parents Nate and Isabel Pullman (Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts).
Being home-schooled, and away from the public eye, Auggie’s life is about take a swift turn, now that his parents decide to send him to school.
As he meanders in the real world, he slowly comes to terms with his condition. And inevitably, he discovers the ebb and flow of life.
Director Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) carefully takes the story of this little 10-year-old boy and wonderfully weaves it with the world around him – his parents, sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), her best friend Miranda (Danielle Rose Russell) and Auggie’s first friend Jack (Noah Jupe).
Even as a terrific Jacob Tremblay (of Oscar-winner Room) holds down the fort, Izabela Vidovic captures the woes of a teenager lost in ‘attention’ – as does Danielle Rose Russell. Noah Jupe too holds dignified ground at such a small age. In fact, all the young people in the ensemble (Bryce Gheisar, Millie Davis and Elle Mckinnon) are perfect.
At the experienced end, Owen Wilson glides along with wit and grace opposite a heartwarming Julia Roberts who delivers one of her finest performances in years. Luminous yet tremulous, loving yet stern, brave yet nervous, Roberts is heartbreaking in how she watches her son go.
Based on the bestselling 2012 novel by RJ Palacio, and in keeping with it, Wonder warrants a warm, witty and persuasive watch. It sometimes overplays its hand but drives home an extremely relevant and deep-rooted message for tolerance.
As headmaster Tushman (Mandy Patinkin) says, “Auggie can’t change the way he looks. Maybe we can change the way we see.”
And we agree. And just as Auggie wished, we don’t look away.
Be kind. Do good. And spread the joy. Happy holidays!
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped
Director – Stephen Chbosky
Cast – Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Danielle Rose Russell, Noah Jupe, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Bryce Gheisar, Millie Davis, Elle Mckinnon