Wonder is not only special to me because it's an adaptation of an amazing book written by R. J. Palacio, but also because it is directed by Stephen Chbosky, the writer of one of my all-time favourite YA novels, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This movie made me feel so many overwhelming emotions, just like the book did and I couldn't recommend it more.
Auggie was born looking different and has grown up his whole life with people staring at him everywhere he goes. When Auggie's mom decides it's time for him to stop being home schooled and to go to school with other kids, that's when our movie begins. With heart-wrenchingly painful moments, inspiring and heartwarming moments and moments that will make you want to punch some of the kids in the school (or is that just me?) Wonder will have you feeling so many emotions.
With Jacob Tremblay playing Auggie (excellently, I may add), Owen Wilson as the dad and Julia Roberts as the mom, the cast are all perfectly suited to the characters and as a huge fan of the book, I couldn't have picked better actors to tell this story.
As an adaptation, I was a little bit disappointed that the relationship Auggie had with his sister wasn't as prominent as it was in the book, and the book focused more on his friendships. Whilst the friendships were very important too, Via was a massive part of Auggie's life and the movie just seemed to portray her as a left-out part of the family and that was her only storyline. I would have loved to see more moments of them connecting as siblings, but it didn't take away any enjoyment from the movie.
Wonder as a story is so important to tell as it contains so many lessons that we all need to pay attention to, no matter what age we are. Whether you've read the book or not, you definitely need to check out this movie. Also, the soundtrack was pretty awesome too.