By Carolina Vergara. @carojournalist
The film, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay comes to the cinema, giving a master class on how to be kind and generous in a world exposed to pain and coldness.
"Wonder" is the family history, imperfect and at times heartbreaking, but also emotional and sensitive, which shows the recovery capacity of the human heart.
Here we give you five reasons to see "Wonder"
1. The story:
August "Auggie" Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is a 10-year-old boy who has a rare facial imperfection and after multiple surgeries, his mother Isabel homeschool him, but Auggie is already going to enter the fifth grade and has never been to a real school. His parents, Isabel (Julia Roberts) and Nate (Owen Wilson), decide to enroll him in a private school. The film explores the dynamics of Auggie's life at school and at home.
2. The multi-narration of several characters:
The most interesting thing about this movie is that we not only see Auggie's perspective. The awareness of the different perspectives gives a place to an understanding of the feelings, motives and responses of each character, and how this contributes to the plot. Open the door of the life of the other characters allows you to place yourself in the place of the other, not judge their actions and behavior. An example is Via (Izabela Vidovic), the sister of Auggie, who for much of her life feels like the periphery of the family, being Auggie the center of all attention.
3. The origin of the story
"Wonder" is based on the book by the North American writer, of Colombian parents, Raquel Jaramillo, who signs as RJ Palacio. Raquel wrote "Wonder" after a fortuitous encounter she had with her children, Caleb and Joseph, in an ice cream parlor. Suddenly, they realized that at her side there was a girl with an imperfect face and her son Joseph, who at that time was three years old, began to mourn the fright. Raquel panicked and moved the car, and hurried her son Caleb, who came with the ice cream and everything fell to the ground. Raquel points out that she only heard the voice of the girl's mother say in a calm tone: "It's time to go." After questioning her reaction, she began to put herself in the place of that mother and that girl. That same night, she listened to the song "Wonder" by Natalie Merchant on the radio and began the idea of writing this story.
Auggie is a powerful reason to watch the movie. And please get ready because you are going to cry. Beside me there were three women who could not stop, they took out handkerchiefs, they came out with red eyes and it was heard that all the cinema was the same.
Auggie is special, in the first scene we see him jumping with an astronaut helmet on his bed, no more than five minutes pass and we see his imperfect face. But that's not the sad thing, the difficult thing for one as a spectator is to see little Auggie go to school. Because if for a normal person, it is difficult, for Auggie it is a really painful experience.
Auggie is intelligent, friendly, sensitive and likes Star Wars. Auggie has a little braid from Padawan, we see Chewbacca and Darth Sidiuos in several scenes of the film. Halloween is his favorite holiday, because he can disguise himself and nobody sees his face.
Auggie has a tremendous heart and a family that contain him at all times.
5. Be kind
In the film Auggie's teacher, Mr. Browne (Daveed Diggs), teaches them about the Precepts, which are rules about things that are really important and writes on the board: "When you can choose between being right or being kind, choose to be kind". The story shows multiple moments of cruelty, pain, bullying, but also of strength and humanity. From the school principal, Mr. Tushman (Mandy Patinkin - Homeland) to Auggie's friends at the end of the school year, everyone teaches us that we can be nice and there is a big space for compassion.