I wish I could say there’s nothing wrong with it, but the truth is that this tearful family drama grows too condescending after a promising start, assuming the shape of an optimistic crowd-pleaser instead of a realistic portrait of life.
A surprising film not lost in schmaltz as the trailer suggested but instead offers authentic family portrayals and realistic middle school portrayals in its tale of 'someone different fitting in'. Performances are good across the board especially the younger cast including Izabela Vidovic (Via), Noah Jupe (Will) and lead Jacob Temblay. Julia Roberts scores in a supporting role.
Nice to see this film is getting well recieved, despite the fact there's a lot of cliches and schmaltz. I for one cried maybe six times throughout the film, laughed multiple times, and generally had a great time with this.
"Wonder" — or "I'm Not Crying, You're Crying: The Movie," as I bill it — benefits from coming out a time when we, if anything, should really think about making America more cordial again. It's a cinematic iteration of the golden rule, and it mostly works as a sincere attempt to humanize multiple character beyond its main boy, who has to overcome bullying among other things. It's cute at times, but also too saccharine
Wonder(ful), brilliantly cast with a good script. Bit clichéd in places but fleshed out well with great believable characters
I was expecting a fairly generic film but was pleasantly surprised. As soon as I saw the bigger sister I thought they wouldn't flesh out her role, but she, for me, was integral, she is kind and caring but she is still a teenager with her own problems
As much as I wanted to like Wonder, and did have a few moments of "feels," overall the film felt like kind of a flat adaptation that didn't quite take the turns that it needed to. While I did like the cast and their performances, the film kind of maintained a deadened tone the whole time -- as if it were only a single note played on a piano. See it once if you have the time, but definitely not that much of a keeper.