The movie Wonder, directed by Stephen Chbosky, is based off of the book written by R. J. Palacio. The story is based around a young boy named August who was born with a face deformity and battles many situations as he faces his first year in public school. Wonder brings to light the issues of bullying, self consciousness, and trying to fit in. Major themes in the film are the unconditional love of a family, the importance of being kind, and how being different can be a blessing. It also shows how the bullies do not win in the end and there are good people in the world who care for people other than themselves.
The storyline in the movie is similar to how it is in the book. It is sectioned off by telling the story from each characters point of view. Each time the character switches, the viewers learn something new about August and the characters in the story and by the end the whole story is understood.
The theme of unconditional love of a family is the center of this film. Through every obstacle and struggle August faces, his family is there to pick him up and encourage him. When August felt like he didn’t have a friend in the world, they were always there to support him and be his friend. They didn’t let him give up, even when he was sure that was what was best for him.
The second theme was the importance of being kind. August faced many cruel people during his first year at school, but there were also a few people who looked past what was on the outside and saw him for who he was. This made all the difference in August’s life and it changed him forever. The kids that decided to be nice took a stand against living comfortably and selfishly. They took a chance to find out who this kid was before they decided if they were going to be his friend or not.
The third theme is being different can be a blessing. August was brave. He lived courageously and he always had fun. He inspired his family and classmates to look deeper than outer appearance to judge someone because you could be missing out on a great person.
I recommend that people of all ages watch this film. It is hard to watch at times as you see August’s pain as kids mistreat him but it is important for kids and adults to see that this does happen and this is what it looks like. This movie had an impact on me and I think it will on anyone who watches it.