Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'Wonder' on SWITCHCast
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
The Sydney Film Festival is wrapped up for 2019! Click here to check out our must-see films with the SWITCH team's reviews.x
review, Wonder, Wonder, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Daveed Diggs, Mandy Patinkin, Izabela Vidovic, Sônia Braga, Ali Liebert, Noah Jupe, Millie Davis, Stephen Chbosky film rating

WONDER

★★★

PACK YOUR TISSUES

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jess Fenton
26th November 2017

It’s important to note that I cry in movies... a lot. If it’s sad, happy, there’s a dog, the dog dies, someone cries, someone falls in love, if the credits are rolling, there will be tears. Many, many tears. You get the idea. Needless to say that there are rare times I’ve walking into a cinema without a tissue (or 10) on hand, so take what will when I say that by the end of ‘Wonder’ my sleeves were soaked.

The star of ‘Wonder’ is Auggie (Jacob Tremblay, ‘Room’) - he’s 10 years old, is good at science, obsessed with space and ‘Star Wars’, has a dog named Daisy, an older sister called Via (Izabela Vidovic, TV’s ‘The Fosters’) and two incredible and lovings parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson). Auggie is about to start real school for the very first time. Why? Because he was born with a very rare genetic mutation that makes him look... a little different. ‘Wonder’ tells the story of Auggie’s experience at his first school and the impact he makes on the lives around him, from their point of view.

SWITCH: 'WONDER' TRAILER

We’ve seen films like this before - ‘Mask’ (1985) and ‘Jack’ (1996). ‘Wonder’ sits somewhere between the two but, as mentioned before, it uniquely introduces the point of view of other characters instead of spending two hours feeling sorry for its protagonist. This is a great approach. Auggie is 10. He’s known nothing but fear, ridicule and staring his entire life - he’s not yet emotionally equipped to teach others about the importance of what’s inside, how to tackle bullies, make friends easily or truly understand what it means to be him or how the world sees him. This is where the other characters come in. However, the children in this film have to be some of the most eloquent and emotionally mature 10-year-olds I’ve ever seen. I’m willing to admit that times may have changed, but I’ve never heard a 10-year-old own and express their feeling quite like they do in ‘Wonder’, even when I was a 10-year-old. It just doesn’t quite ring true.

A film of this nature can very easily fall into saccharine territory and make it an easy tissue-fest that people will brag to their friends about how much they cried. But it doesn’t - ‘Wonder’ very gracefully and comfortably walks the path of beautiful and inspirational. Despite the many branches this film takes, by the end I couldn’t help but feel that there were two glaring omissions. One is that of Isabel, played by the majestic Julia Roberts. How can you tell the tale of a child without telling the tale of the mother!? She’s strong, a matriarch through and through, and her character has sacrificed the most. One could argue that a child’s journey is a mother’s journey, and while that would be correct it would also be insulting to suggest that a mother isn’t a person of her own. But I digress. The second omission is that of the family dog Daisy. This will all make sense once you see the film (and I hope you do) - but trust me, the dog deserved her time in the spotlight. My only explanation for Daisy’s lack of screen time is that writer/director Stephen Chbosky (‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’) is clearly not a dog person. It's a strike against him, but he’s not a complete write-off... yet.

‘Wonder’ very gracefully and comfortably walks the path of beautiful and inspirational.

We were wowed by young Jacob Tremblay in ‘Room’, and now under a mountain of prosthetics we discover it was no fluke. He really is a wonder - and so is this touching film that everyone can learn a little something from. And for god’s sake, don’t forget the tissues.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 30/11/2017
RUN TIME: 1h 53m
CAST: Julia Roberts
Jacob Tremblay
Owen Wilson
Daveed Diggs
Mandy Patinkin
Izabela Vidovic
Sônia Braga
Ali Liebert
Noah Jupe
Millie Davis
DIRECTOR: Stephen Chbosky
WRITERS: Stephen Chbosky
Steve Conrad
PRODUCERS: David Hoberman
Todd Lieberman
SCORE: Marcelo Zarvos
www.wondermovie.com.au
WonderTheMovie
WonderTheMovie
WonderTheMovie
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'Wonder' on SWITCHCast 
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Yesterday - A new British comedy with a little help from The Beatles
TRENDINGWIN YESTERDAYA new British comedy with a little help from The Beatles
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan - Close to home
TRENDINGDANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TANClose to home
Yesterday - Great concept, disappointing execution
TRENDINGYESTERDAYGreat concept, disappointing execution
Toy Story 4 - Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
TRENDINGTOY STORY 4Entertaining but thoroughly unnecessary
Claire Darling - A French film fail
TRENDINGCLAIRE DARLINGA French film fail
The Final Quarter - Tackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
TRENDINGTHE FINAL QUARTERTackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
TRENDINGSTANDING UP FOR SUNNYA comedy without the comedy but very sweet
My Big Gay Italian Wedding - A ridiculously fun love story
TRENDINGMY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDINGA ridiculously fun love story
2040 - A hopeful look into our environmental future
TRENDING2040A hopeful look into our environmental future
Parasite - A bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
TRENDINGPARASITEA bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
Saturday Afternoon - A shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
TRENDINGSATURDAY AFTERNOONA shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
The Third Wife - Artistic, painful and beautiful
TRENDINGTHE THIRD WIFEArtistic, painful and beautiful
Kursk - When tragedy and bureaucracy collide
TRENDINGKURSKWhen tragedy and bureaucracy collide
The Nightingale - A blunt and brutal period piece
TRENDINGTHE NIGHTINGALEA blunt and brutal period piece
Judy & Punch - A dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
TRENDINGJUDY & PUNCHA dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
Back of the Net - Misses the net, and then some
TRENDINGBACK OF THE NETMisses the net, and then some
Blinded By The Light - The spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
TRENDINGBLINDED BY THE LIGHTThe spiritual sequel to Bend It Like Beckham
School of Seduction - Husband hunting in Russia
TRENDINGSCHOOL OF SEDUCTIONHusband hunting in Russia
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir - An endearing tale of destiny
TRENDINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIRAn endearing tale of destiny
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us