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 characters beyond its main boy, who has to overcome bullying among other things. It's cute at times but also too saccharine
From a certain angle this does exactly what it says on the tin: a syrupy, Kleenex-bothering weepie tailor-made for lifetime repeats on Lifetime Movies. But on closer look there's more to this: it's a subtler, more intriguing construction than it might have been, and the Rashomon-style switching of perspectives keeps it intriguing. Also nice to see ROOM wasn't a one-off for Tremblay.
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