“Wonder” Movie Review

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In WONDER, August “Auggie” Pullman is about to start fifth grade, marking his first time at a school with other kids, rather than learning at home from his mom, Isabel who is played ny Julia Roberts in the film. That would be plenty nerve-wracking on its own, but Auggie has more to worry about than the average new middle schooler, Born with a genetic abnormality, he has a significant facial difference. Twenty-plus surgeries in his short life have left him able to hear, see, and speak like other kids, but he definitely doesn’t look like them. And since he can’t wear his beloved astronaut helmet all day at school, he has to face them all in person and show the face he is so greatly self concious of . It’s far from easy; kids call him names like “Darth Hideous,” “Gollum” and say hurtful comments like “if I looked like him, I would kill myself”, and bully him, and even his parents can’t talk away the hurt. But Auggie isn’t the only one facing challenges: His older sister, Via , feels like their parents barely pay attention to her because Auggie needs so much from them. Via’s long term friend Miranda suddenly became distant and no longer wanted to be friends with Via and that added to her feeling of isolation and sadness.  Auggie’s new friend, Jack Will  genuinely likes him but doesn’t know how to speak up for him in school. Via’s former best friend. Even bully Julian has his own problems. As Auggie navigates his first year of school, he and all the people around him learn to think more of others and find happiness inside themselves.

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Over all this movie, shows so much acceptance, kindness, and the power of friendship. I feel any person of any age group can appreciate this movie, it shows the inner battles people face in everyday life, It teaches kindness to others that may not look like you, it teaches understanding and acceptance. This movie shows the journey of a young boy who may have looked a little different than the kid next to him but had the courage to stand up, be seen and change the lives of so many around him. I highly recommend this movie to anyone, it will change your life.

XO Torye 

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