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Wonder - A Treat for your Heart and Soul

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Submitted by Bethany on Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:55
Rating
8

This movie was truly a delight.  It tugged at the heartstrings in all the right ways, and walked the very fine line between cheesy and genuine, mostly landing on genuine.   The story follows Auggie, a ten year old with a facial deformity, as he enters his first year of public school in the fifth grade.  Middle school is traumatic for most kids, let alone for kids who stand out in any way.  We go with him through the ups and downs of bullying, struggling to make friends, and all the trials of middle school most of us experienced first hand at one point in our lives.

My favorite aspect of the movie was that Auggie was not our only perspective.  The movie starts with his narration and from his point of view, and ends there as well.  But throughout, we get to see the story told through the eyes of other characters, including the sister, her best friend, and one of Auggie's classmates.  This adds a real depth to each character and to the story as a whole.   All of the characters were three dimensional, with their own thoughts, feelings, and motivations.  

Ultimately I laughed, I cried, and I left this movie with a heart full of renewed hope for humanity.  This is a "feel good" movie at the top of its game, and I would recommend it to everyone.