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Film REVIEW: Wonder (2017) - ★★★★★

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Writer: Stephen Chbosy, Jack Thorne, Steven Conrad

based on Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Stars: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Noah Jupe.

Genre: Drama, Family

Themes: Child, Mother Son Relationship, Father Son Relationship

Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences, with many praising Tremblay and Roberts' performances, Chbosky's direction, writing, musical score and faithfulness to Palacio's novel.


Nina (Age 10) - ★★★★★

"One of my favourite movies is Wonder. It is a lovely movie about a boy called August who has been home schooled his whole life so far. But when he was ten his mum sent him to a school called Beecher Prep. When he went all the other kids stared at him and he got bullied by this boy called Julian. But he made some friends: Jack, Summer and Charlotte. At the end of the movie he makes other friends called Matt, Henry and Amos. No one wants to sit with him at lunch. But why? August was born with a disformed face. Nothing can fix it. Wonder is also a book and on the front cover it says something that his sister said to him. ‘you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out’. Wonder is a movie out on Netflix now."

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Like this? Try these!....

  1. Soul (2020) - #50 - ★★★★★

  2. The Lion King (1994) - #66 - ★★★★★

  3. Frankenweenie (2012) - #82 - ★★★★★

  4. The Jungle Book (2016) - #83 - ★★★★★

  5. Up (2009) - #158 - ★★★★

  6. Finding Neverland (2004) - #239 - ★★★★

  7. It's a Wonderfu Life (1946) - #402 - ★★★★

  8. The Karate Kid (1984) - #667 - ★★★

Here's a bunch of family friendly dramas. Daveed Diggs has a small role in Soul and also wrote some of the songs heard in the film as well as in The Little Mermaid (alongside Jacob Tremblay), Diggs also appers in Trolls Band Together. Disney is great with family drama and beating internal challenges so also check out The Lion King, The Jungle Book and Up. There's science obsessed kids in Frankenweenie. Tears might be shed in family dramas Finding Neverland and It's a Wonderful Life.

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