從預告片到全球放映，這部改編自全球矚目同名暢銷兒童小說的電影都是大家矚目的焦點，除了因為主演的都是大明星，又有許多天才童星的精湛演出，最主要的還是因為電影用最平實的手法來闡述故事，將 Kindness 「同理心」的重要表現出來，感動了所有觀眾。
Auggie Pullman 由於遺傳罕見基因，天生臉部有殘缺，多年來不斷進出醫院。 一出生，醫生就斷定他活不過三個月，但奧吉卻憑著旺盛的生命力活了下來，經過大大小小的面部整容手術，他逐漸朝「正常人」的路走去，但五官仍然非常扭曲，像有人用大鉗子把他的臉從中間壓扁。小時候，他不論走到哪都戴著一頂太空人頭盔，因為唯有躲在頭盔之下，才不會引來別人異樣的眼光。
十歲這一年，Auggie 第一次踏進學校，進入了醜的、胖的、和別人稍有不同就會被霸凌的殘酷青春期。Auggie 如何在父母朋友的的幫助下，嘗試融入校園生活，向所有人證明自己無異於其他小孩，並努力以自身誘導他人欣賞別人的內在美。
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“You really are a wonder, Auggie.” When Julia Roberts, August Pullman’s mom, uttered those words, I instantly tried to hold back tears. A heartwarming movie like this can even make a pro-wrestler cry. Having read the book numerous times, the movie did add, change, and take out some key parts. For example, in the novel by R.J. Palacio, Summer sits with Auggie on the first day of school. Also, Summer and Justin play larger roles in the novel, but the dad has a large role in the movie. There is only a short part of Julian and his parents in the movie, but in the book, (The Julian Chapter), the author goes into more detail.
This movie is great for families of all ages. Kids ages 8 and older should read the novel first, to get more in-depth. Younger kids might get scared of August’s face, but one does get used to it. Jacob Tremblay was excellent as August, and Owen Wilson, (the dad), had many funny lines. This movie should definitely be on everybody’s MUST-WATCH list this Winter. Make sure to get popcorn, as it is quite long. (113 minutes) See you at the movie theater!
Common Sense says
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
Parents need to know that Wonder is an earnest, emotional family drama based on R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel of the same name. It centers on Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a young boy with a genetic facial difference. Auggie meets both cruel bullies and good friends as he attends school for the first time; his supportive family (including his parents, played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) is always there for him — even when he tries to push them away. The movie has clear positive messages about choosing kindness, appreciating everyone for who they are (rather than what they look like), and true friendship; empathy and perseverance are also strong themes. There’s some fighting among tweens/young teens and sad moments involving a loss. Language includes name-calling and insult words like “shut up,” “jerk,” “freak,” and “deformed,” as well as an “oh my God” or two. Teens kiss, and adults flirt/exchange mile innuendo. A teen character finishes her mom’s abandoned glass of wine after her mom, who’s going through a difficult divorce, falls asleep/passes out.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Based on R.J. Palacio’s hugely popular, award-winning novel, this drama is earnest and sweet, with great messages about kindness, friendship, and acceptance for its tween target audience. Whether they’ve read the book or not, kids are sure to appreciate Wonder‘s take on how hard it can be to fit in and feel good about yourself, no matter what you look like. By mirroring the book’s structure and giving viewers first-person glimpses of how the world looks to characters other than Auggie (Via, Miranda, and Jack Will all get their moments), director Stephen Chbosky helps build empathy, which is an invaluable skill for viewers of all ages. That said, the perspective-switching isn’t consistent enough for it to totally work as a storytelling device in the film; plot details are brought up and then not really given closure, and the choice of why some characters get to tell their own stories while others don’t isn’t really clear.
But thanks to an emotionally resonant script and strong performances by the cast, quibbles like that can be mostly ignored. Roberts and Wilson are well-matched as Auggie and Via’s parents, Tremblay emotes well even under heavy prosthetics and makeup, and Vidovic pulls off the challenge of playing a moody teen without making you roll your eyes at her. In the supporting cast, Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs is engaging as Auggie’s believably inspiring teacher, Mr. Browne; Mandy Patinkin is all grandfatherly charm as school director Mr. Tushman; and Jupe is excellent as Auggie’s friend Jack Will. A scene in which he reacts to the aftermath of a hallway fight is an astounding bit of child acting. In the end, while it’s not hard to see where Wonder is going, getting there is a valuable, uplifting journey, especially for kids.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT …
- Families can talk about how the other kids react to Auggie in Wonder. What do they learn about him over the course of the movie? What do you think you’d do in their position?
- How does being bullied affect Auggie? How did you feel about Julian by the time the movie was over? What role does peer pressure play in some of the bullying? How would you handle the situation that Jack Will faces?
- How does the story show the importance of empathy and perseverance? Why are those important character strengths?
- If you’ve read the book, how do you think the movie compares? Which parts were the same? Which were different?
- How do you think this story might be different if the characters weren’t, in general, so privileged? What advantages does Auggie have based on his background?
Original link: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/wonder