From novel to movie, Wonder strikes every spectrum of human emotion. It leaves the audience reflecting on the magnitude of individual acts of kindness and the importance of embracing the small moments.
August, who goes by Auggie, has been home-schooled through 5th grade due to his many surgeries. Auggie was born with facial deformities that have hindered and complicated his life, both physically and superficially. All of his 27 surgeries have tried to ascertain for him, a more ordinary life —from being able to see to no longer having to rely on hearing aids. Although each surgery has aided in making Auggie’s life physically easier, he still is noticeably different from his peers.
The movie follows the cliche theme - to not judge a book (or person) by its cover. With the target audience being children, it is continuously perplexing to witness the extent to which children can inappropriately treat one another. That being said, the film intricately illustrates how behaviors are passed down from parents to children, including showing kindness.
Each day Auggie is confronted with stares, comments, backstabbing, and blatant bullying. However, as the story and your tears unfold, the audience is uplifted by the impact of meaningful actions and compassionate conversations as well as the power of altruism as a guiding force.
Wonder reminds us of what truly is important in life. Humans are instinctively good in nature, yet they they are shaped society and what it deems to be valuable. A humbling and beautiful film, Wonder will leave its audience members tears and it will serve as a reminder to listen before judging, to act with benevolence, and to pass along a smile to those you meet along the way.
“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.” ― R.J. Palacio, Wonder