Wonder – My First Movie Review

Our family decided to have a movie night this past Sunday. We chose the movie “Wonder”. My son really wanted to see it and my husband and I were really interested as well. I happen to have a coupon for $1.25 off a Redbox rental, so that was a definite bonus! I know this movie was out in theaters 8 months ago, and many have probably seen it, but maybe there are some out there like me who’d rather wait for a movie to come out on Redbox and pay less than $2 for the whole family to enjoy a movie. Hey, got to stick to the budget!

A Very Touching and Thought Provoking Movie

The movie was interesting at the get-go. It kept our attention the whole way through and gave us so much to think about throughout.  The basic plot of the movie is that a young boy is born with a defect that caused serious deformity to his face. He had about 27 corrective surgeries by the wage of 10 just so he could hear, see and eat.

This young boy, named Auggie, was starting a new chapter in his life as his parents decided to send him to public school for the first time as he was starting middle school.  Ok, to put my two cents in on this….middle school! About the hardest age for kids of both sexes…I can’t imagine the anxiety he was feeling! I admit too, I was a little miffed at the mom character when she stated, “I can’t homeschool him forever!”. Well, no you can’t, because eventually he will be “done with school” and making a living. LOL….but honestly, I spoke out loud to the t.v., “Yes, you can!”.  (At least through high school anyway.)

So, moving on… As you can imagine he goes through a lot of ridicule and off-putting reactions from kids at school. It can be difficult I’m sure when kids aren’t used to seeing others that are significantly different than themselves. Little Auggie has to fight through a lot, both in school and at home. I really like how the movie highlighted each key character’s life within the movie including, Auggie, his sister, her best friend, a young boy classmate, etc. It truly gave a most realistic view of real, true life….everyone has a story.

The most impressive (and honorable) aspect about the movie, “Wonder” in my book is that there is absolutely no swearing! Yay!! See Hollywood, it can be done! AND…people truly appreciate it! There were also no unnecessary sexual innuendoes…when are they ever actually necessary though? Seriously…

“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”

I asked my 10-year-old son (same age as the main character) what he learned from watching this film. He responded right away with recalling the quote on the board in Auggie’s home room. It read: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” I was so thrilled to hear that this really stuck with him! (insert heart emoji here) He’s even remembered it a couple times already this week and either stopped himself from saying something, or told someone else about the quote. Proud momma.

The other thing he took from it was how much he disliked public school and the reasons why. I don’t like making those feelings resurface for him, but he’s learning to deal with them better each time. I just hope it helps him appreciate the sacrifices we’ve made to allow me to homeschool him and to take advantage of the many awesome opportunities that are open to him with this freedom.

I found this cool set of Wonder projects I may get when we decide to read the book to compare to the movie, something we do a lot. Overall, my entire family enjoyed this movie. I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would. The two most moving points for me was when….well, I don’t want to give it away for those that haven’t seen it yet. Definitely check this movie out if you haven’t already. It’s good for most any age level that can understand what’s going on. There’s no cussing or questionable circumstances to worry about.  I’d give this one a 10-out-of-10 stars! And remember….Choose Kind.

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