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“Wonder” Based on Reality; Opens Eyes

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Emily Lemerand, Writer

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“Wonder” is based on Raquel J. Palacio’s award-winning novel, about a boy named Auggie Pullman with a facial deformity. This film, directed by Stephen Chbosky and based on a real-life encounter, hits all of your emotions.

Auggie attends a private middle school after being homeschooled all his life. Many students and parents try to argue that he doesn’t belong in school, just because of the way he looks. It’s inspiring how a 10-year-old boy can get through times when other 6th grade students call him names and torture him. Throughout the course of the movie, he finds a few good friends to stick with him.

Auggie is not the only one in his family struggling. His sister, Via, tries new adventures and loses her best friends going through this traumatic transition called high school. Her family does not truly understand how she feels because both her parents world’s revolve around Auggie.

Via uses the analogy that Auggie is the sun and the Pullman household is the rest of the solar system; everything supports and revolves around him.

Throughout this heartfelt film, attention is brought to how judgemental people can be, especially in school. Although, once students in Auggie’s grade get to know him and his incredible personality, they do everything they can to be friends with him. They also stick by him despite the tough obstacles he faces throughout the story.

Overall, “Wonder” is an exceptional movie with great actors who do an amazing job of portraying the characters created in the book. Which one of R.J. Palacio’s stories is going to be turned into a movie next? Only time will tell.

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