2017-12-06 / Arts and Entertainment

Irate Movies: Life lessons, emotional pull help “Wonder” live up to its title


There are many things in life that are a wonder, and equally there are very few things in life that are a wonder.

It may seem weird that something could be both, but it can. The reason something can be both is simple: there are too many people. Every person is different. Every person thinks differently. Every person lives differently and perceives wonder differently.

The things that make us stop and marvel at life, that put wonder into our lives, will always be different for each and every person. One of the things that brings wonder into my life are movies, especially films as inspiring and majestic as “Wonder.”

“Wonder” is based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name and it tells the incredible story of August “Auggie” Pullman. Auggie is a boy with a facial deformity who is attending school for the very first time and deals with family, friends, and even bullies. As Auggie starts and ends his journey through fifth grade, the viewer learns many things about his classmates, his friends, his family, and about Auggie himself.

One of the best things “Wonder” does is tell the journey of many people from their own perspective and shows the hardships each person faces in their life. Of these perspectives, one of the highlights in “Wonder” comes as Auggie, played by Jacob Tremblay.

Tremblay is one of the best child actors I have ever seen. At age 11 he has already starred in two of the best movies I’ve seen in the last 10 years. He was remarkable in “Room,” and he is even better in “Wonder.”

Tremblay and Izabela Vidovic steal the show as the Pullman siblings, with Vidovic playing Auggie’s sister Olivia “Via” Pullman. Added to the mix is “America’s Sweetheart” Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as Auggie’s parents.

Roberts brings name cache to the film and is astonishing as the over-doting mother, and Wilson is surprisingly good as Auggie’s father, although he does seem to be the comedic relief in an otherwise heavily emotional film.

“Wonder” may be heavily emotional, but that is what makes it so good. Even with the major emotional plot lines, “Wonder” is one of the best films of the year.

I loved the way “Wonder” handled not just Auggie’s story, but those of the people in and around his life. “Wonder” has a great story arc for every character and I love great stories.

One thing I love even more from stories is lessons. Playing a big part in that is my admiration for lesson television and movies, and my longing for them to come back. Shows like “Boy Meets World,” “Clarissa Explains It All,” or even a little “Saved By The Bell.”

“Wonder” reminds me of those shows of my childhood except with one added caveat — the lessons portrayed in it are not done in a kitschy or comedic way often done in those shows.

No, it is done in a powerful way that will make you feel, and will move you. They certainly did me.

The biggest lesson on full display in “Wonder” is judgement, one many people know but few seemingly understand. Judgement is not useful in regards to people. Judgement requires one

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