Laughs and tears are to be expected from this cloud pleasing wonder, but what’s it all about?
Spoilers may follow.
What’s it about?
Diagnosed at birth with Treacher Collins Syndrome, August Pullman isn’t your average 11-year-old. Sure, he loves Star Wars as much as the next kid, but, despite his young age, Auggie has already hit the operating table 27 times.
A genetic disorder, TCS leaves its sufferers with intense facial deformities – a tough ride in an image-obsessed society – and, although his situation has much improved with extensive surgery (he can breath and hear better now), Auggie regularly finds himself subject to the unsubtle stares of others.
In Wonder, however, Auggie must face one of the most difficult steps in his life to date. Adter a childhood of homeschooling from his Mum, it’s time for him to join his peers at big school – a step up that’s daunting for anyone, regardless of appearance.
Touching on the challenges faced in the lives of his family and friends, Wonder follows Auggie’s first full year at school, reminding the world to never judge a book by its cover and to always choose kind.
Who’s in it?
It’s been two years since Jacob Tremblay shot to fame in Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, and Wonder is his second big release of 2017. Closing The Book of Henry, Tremblay should find more success in the role of Auggie.
Alongside, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson are on hand to bring some Hollywood star-power to the film, as Auggie’s parents: Isabelle and Nate, whilst Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin takes the role of headteacher Mr. Tushman.
It’s not about the grownups though. As such, Izabela Vidovic plays Auggie’s older sister Via, with best friend Jack Will brought to life by rising talent Noah Jupe.
Who’s made it?
The film is, of course, based on the best-selling book, ‘Wonder’, by Raquel Jaramillo – best known by her pen name: R. J. Palacio – whilst it’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘s writer/director Stephen Chobsky at the helm.
Wonder has been adapted for screen by Chobsky, along with Steve Conrad, and Jack Thorne, whose past work includes the Harry Potter stage play and is next lined up to pen Damien Chazelle’s musical drama The Eddy for Netlix.
Brazilian maestro Marcel Zarvos provides the film’s music, with The Devil Wears Prada‘s Mark Livolsi editing and Don Burgess on cinematography, ahead of his work on the upcoming Aquaman film for DC.
When’s it out?
Already smashing it at the box office Stateside, Wonder will be hoping to find equal success in the UK from Friday 1 December.
Watch the trailer here: