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'Wonder' delivers critical societal lessons


Last updated 12/14/2017 at 5:48pm

"Wonder", starring Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, and Julia Roberts tells one of the most important stories in our world today: one that reflects the ability of people – in this case, primarily children, and young adults – to have open minds and understanding. This film’s message is critically important and needs to be heard by everyone.

Often, films of this nature can be so “hokey” and mushy that an important lesson is lost. Such was not the case here, as this story was beautifully delivered on all fronts. The interaction between the family members, students and teachers was – though predictable at times – true to life and certainly relatable.

Due to his extraordinary circumstances, the film’s focus primarily revolves around the adjustment of a young boy with a physical deformity entering the school system for the first time and his monumental struggles. His spectacular portrayal contains far broader implications and lessons for our society as a whole, and the writer eloquently and subtly pounds these home.

While all children face the challenges of the “normal” school environment, this boy had unusually large hurdles to overcome. His fragile, yet determined, character was hard not to love. Other secondary figures – the school's principal, for example – had small but meaningful roles.

This film seamlessly weaved together common family trials and tribulations alongside the complex issue that their young boy faced. While predictable scenarios transpired, this could not diminish the truth that they conveyed, nor their impact on the viewer.

Though this was never a film I expected to be Oscar worthy, the truths, morals, and lessons are. If only on DVD or streaming, do take the time to see this uplifting film.

*** ½ out of *****


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