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Wonder - Film Review

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by Ron Dickman (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published March 23rd 2018

Based on the book of the same name, 'Wonder' gives us a small insight into the world of a family living with the daily struggles where being different isn't always a good thing.

Auggie Pullman is no ordinary boy. Born with a rare facial deformity, countless plastic surgeries have helped but still left him considerably disfigured.

Homeschooled by his Mother (played by the talented Julia Roberts) who has put her entire career and life on hold to care for him, the time has finally arrived for Auggie to be flung from the nest and fly solo. So with fear and much trepidation, he enters the world of public school.

As you can imagine, things go downhill from the start. In a world where you're judged on the way you look, expected to fit into the norms of society, Auggie is definitely a fish out of water.

The film is shot from various character perspectives, including Auggie himself, his sister, his mother and his new best friend. Each armed with their own flaws, trying to navigate their own worlds while also attempting to make Auggie's integration into daily life as seamless as possible, with many hiccups along the way.

A rollercoaster of laugh out loud moments, anger at the ridicule and discrimination Auggie is out through, awe at his strength and resilience and joy when the barrier is dropped and people see this beautiful young boy for the amazing person he is, inside and out, this movie had me laughing and crying and stayed with me long after I left the cinema.
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