Wonder is the new, feel-good movie based on R.J. Palacio’s bestselling children’s novel. It is about the trials and tribulations of a young boy standing out in society due to his facial disfigurement.

Director Stephen Chbosky (Beauty and the Beast, 2017), brings us the inspiring story of August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a 10-year old science whiz who was born with a congenital facial deformity. Julia Roberts portrays Isabel Pullman, a fiercely supportive mother who has put her life on hold to look after Auggie.

Nate Pullman (Owen Wilson), the nurturing father, lightens the family’s spirit by using laughter as a form of healing. The situation is difficult for all, even for Auggie’s teen sister Via Pullman (Izabela Vidovic), as she aches from parental lack of attention, but still offers constant support to her brother.

After years of homeschooling by his mother, the time has finally arrived for Auggie to face the real world by attending a mainstream school for the first time. Throughout Auggie’s life he struggled with judging eyes and cruel mouths, so much so that he chose to hide his face from the world by wearing a toy astronaut helmet.

As Auggie’s first day at school is filled with trepidation and alienation, he boldly attempts to move forward by no longer hiding his face behind the helmet. The bullying and hurtful behaviour towards Auggie by his classmates caused him great pain and public humiliation. The most devastating blow for Auggie however was overhearing his best friend, Jack, revealing that their friendship was a farce.

Bolstered by a talented cast, Wonder is a heartwarming story about family, friendship, and the struggle for compassion and acceptance. It is Auggie’s extraordinary journey of blending in and coming to terms with his facial condition. Wonder is this year’s “must-see film” for the entire family.