‘Wonder’ Movie Review

Anna Ebert, Writer

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Feb. 13, 2012 is the date the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio came out and almost five years later on Nov. 17, 2017 the movie came to theaters. Wonder is a heartwarming story about a young boy named August Pullman who faces challenges with his facial deformity. His insecurity about his face prevented him from going to an average school. He has been homeschooled all his life but is now in fifth grade and going to Beecher Prep. Auggie is very insecure about his face and has the tendency to cover his extraordinary face that everyone deserves to see.

The movie followed the book for the main ideas but left out a few other details it could have easily included. They left out a part towards the end when Auggie was at the field trip, this part would have been helpful because it would have explained why he was crying. The movie also did not show that the Pullman’s got a new dog named Bear. Incorporating this in the movie would help because Bear was a big part of Auggie’s life and he guided Auggie in becoming more social. The book went from the characters different point of view and made the movie more interesting to watch. Most of the text from the book was even the exact words that the characters said in the movie.

This movie would engage most middleschoolers and some kids younger than that. The movie is one that I will definitely remember and would recommend because it was very heartwarming and had a great story line. It was sad during times, I did cry a couple times but it all ended up happy in the end. There were bullies that did impact Auggie’s whole first year at school but he became bigger than them. The book and movie was realistic today and that is why it is so engaging. When I read the book I wanted to just keep reading and never put it down. Auggie was an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face.

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