Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Touching Film Will Move Toughest Viewers

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Touching Film Will Move Toughest Viewers

Article excerpt

"WHEN given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."

Attributed to philosopher Dr Wayne W. Dyer and shared in Mr Browne's (Daveed Diggs) fifth-grade English class at Beecher Prep School, this precept forms the basis of the film Wonder, now showing in cinemas.

I saw this film expecting to be moved - and for good reason. Just from the previews, you get a sense of the emotional weight this story carries as main character August "Auggie" Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) struggles to fit into a new environment after four years of home schooling with his mother Isabel (Julia Roberts).

On the whole, Auggie is a lot like a "normal" 10-year- old boy, but severe facial abnormalities make his efforts to blend in with the other kids more difficult than they ever should be.

Facing exclusion and bullying in various forms, Auggie repeatedly feels unable to deal with the misery he is subjected to before his mother, along with father Nate (Owen Wilson) and big sister Via (Izabela Vidovic), encourage him to be proud of who he is. …

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