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Wonder

A truly thought-provoking film from Director Stephen Chbosky, starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as the main stars with Jacob Tremblay playing the 10-year star of the story.

Auggie, the 10-year-old boy the film centres around who is born with a rare genetic condition that makes him look different, not to the extreme of the ‘Elephant Man’ but different enough to attract unwanted attention.

Up until the film starts, Auggie has been home-schooled and to keep his features away from prying eyes, he seeks refuge by wearing an astronaut’s helmet.

He then starts middle school with his mum (Julia Roberts), on his first day she was heard muttering ‘Please let them be nice to him!’ with his dad (Owen Wilson) having to take his helmet away. As expected his classmates’ initial reaction is one of staring and recoil, whilst the film develops to show the journey about their collective growth and learning to look behind the surface.

Within the community of classmates, there is a mix of characters, all who offer their own personalities and ways of dealing with Auggie and his appearance. The film teases with characters that the viewers at some point will be able to relate whilst they deal with a boy who looks different to them.

Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, provide a performance which really endears them as realistic parents and one of the best performances as a couple seen for a while. They way they act out anxiety as a couple is excellent and totally believable. The young actor Jacob Tremblay who plays Auggie delivers a strong performance with a mature manner and makes the whole film emotional, touching and a great film.


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