Film ‘Wonder’ hits theaters with touching, sweet story

The movie “Wonder” (2017) starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay came to theaters Nov. 17. This family-friendly film is based on the novel written by R. J. Palacio in 2012.

The heartwarming movie is about August Pullman or Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), a 10-year-old boy who was born with Treacher Collins syndrome.

Treacher Collins syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by physical deformities of the face. However, it can also affect one’s ability to breathe, see and hear.

“Wonder” is filled with constant tear-jerkers.

In this inspiring movie, Auggie makes the jump from being homeschooled by his dedicated mother to the cruel world of fifth grade.

Coming into elementary- school age, Auggie wears an astronaut helmet because he is infatuated with science and outer space, though the helmet also acts as a shield to protect him from harsh stares of the outside world.

In the beginning of the film, the viewer can see how difficut it is for this 10-yearold boy to live with TCS. Every 10 minutes of the film, Auggie is thrown into a new situation where he is ashamed of his apprearance.

Auggie’s favorite holiday is Halloween — a day where everyone dresses up in costumes and no one is afraid to touch him. He does not have to look down to avoid people’s lingering stares. He can confidently be surrounded by other people who look like him.

However, “Wonder” does not solely focus Auggie’s point of view.

It looks at life from the perspective of his peers and life-long friends bringing in yet anoher aspect to the film.

This aspect of the movie brings a multi-dimensional characteristic and shows how Auggie has made a difference in each life he touches.

Auggies’s older sister Olivia, or Via, explains how Auggie is the center of her family’s solar system — he is the sun.The viewer can see the toll this has taken on her childhood.

Throughout his ups and downs, Auggie perseveres. In the end of the movie, he makes a group of true friends who defend him despite consequences.

This film leaves viewers with uplifted spirits and tearful eyes as audiences feel they are a part of Auggie Pulman’s life for 113 minutes.

About Audrey Stoddard

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