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‘Wonder’ teaches life lessons

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:48 AM by Unknown user

Based off of the novel by Raquel J. Palacio of the same name, “Wonder” hit the theaters on Nov. 17. The story takes you through the lives of Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a 5th grader who’s been homeschooled and has a facial deformity; his sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic); Via’s best friend Miranda (Danielle Rose Russell); and Auggie’s first friend, Jack Will (Noah Jupe). Throughout different events, you get the perspectives of each character and the struggles they are going through that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Auggie is struggling with starting public school and worrying about how the other kids will treat him due to a genetic facial deformity. Despite bullying and being avoided like the plague, Auggie manages to make friends with Jack Will. However, as Halloween comes around, Jack makes the mistake of trying to fit in with cool kids and bullies.

Your heart breaks with the main character, as more bullying happens to Auggie, and now Jack isn’t there to defend him. And by switching perspectives, you also learn about Via’s struggles of always getting overshadowed by her brother and losing her best friend.

            By the end of the movie, Auggie has won the hearts of many of his classmates that had previously bullied him. The story shows a very common problem that kids deal with today--bullying and making friends--though not everyone has the extra struggle of a facial deformity. “Wonder” accurately shows how mean kids can really be and that some adults, especially parents, don’t recognize the bullying.

I went with a friend, and there were multiple times that we were both almost in tears. It teaches the life lesson of “If given the choice to be right or to be kind, always choose kind,” through a story rather than just saying, “Do this,” and “Don’t do that.” I give “Wonder” five out five cardinal heads.