Wonder – 2017

There are certain films that exist to inspire and nothing more. This film straddles the line between inspirational with a purpose and trying too hard. There is a lot to like in this film, but oddly enough it wasn’t the story of acceptance or diversity that stood out. The film follows a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) with Treacher Collins Syndrome, which has resulted in a facial deformity. His story is one of overcoming bullying and fostering acceptance, but the real standout in the film is his sister (Isabela Vidovic) whose story of emerging from the shadow of a brother who needs more attention and love from their parents is a more unique and less told tale. Both children give great performances and while the story doesn’t offer anything fresh on the age-old disability acceptance story, it adapts it to a new generation and restates it in terms for a younger audience.

Inspirational, but devoid of anything new; it offers a great lesson for children about identity.

It may not survive the test of time, but it deserves decent marks for the performances by its young stars, I give it…

4 out of 5



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