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Don’t Wonder if You’ll Cry, You Will

Bethany Ruiz, Staff Writer

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From the novel by R.J. Palacio, Stephen Chbosky and his co-writers Steve Conrad and Jack Thorne bring the story of Auggie Pullman to life. Auggie is a 10-year-old boy who’s undergone a few facial surgeries to make him look more “normal” because he has a congenital disorder that has deformed his face in a way that others find off putting. In order to hide from the world, Auggie wears an astronaut’s helmet everywhere he goes, due to being self-conscious about his appearance.

                Underneath the latex and putty, Auggie is played by Jacob Tremblay, his adoring parents Nate and Isabel are played by Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts, and his sister, Via, is played by Izabela Vidovic.

                The movie shows so many of the problems that families who have or know people with disabilities deal with daily, which is astonishing to see nowadays in a film, because no one wants to speak up on these issues. The fact that Auggie goes through these hardships, not alone, but with his family by his side is what makes this film so appealing to anyone who watches it. It becomes clear that the pain of feeling like you don’t belong, the need for validation, and the struggle of dealing with problems even when they aren’t apparent, is something that more than just Auggie has to face as well.

                Aside from Auggie, it’s slowly revealed that his older sister, Via, is dealing with her own major problems. So it’s equally interesting watching her navigate through the pains and pauses of life as it is seeing Auggie grow.

                I loved the strong message it has of how one person can make a difference by standing up for what is right. Jack Will, and Summer made me have hope in humanity, I was very proud of them.” – Melanie Gonzalez (11)

Overall, “Wonder” is a movie with a message about tolerance, acceptance, understanding, and respect. All of the family and friends stories go perfectly together to make it more than just a feel-good story. It reminds us that everyone struggles with their own problems, even if they aren’t obvious, and that how we treat others should come from how you want to be treated.

This film is an attempt to show that although we try to face certain issues on our own, we are not alone.” – Gissille Castro (11)

In my opinion “Wonder” is heart tugging movie that could really inspire and give confidence to others who are just like Auggie. I really enjoyed this film and the rollercoaster of emotions I went through while watching it, and I think everyone could benefit from watching it to open up their minds.

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