At first, the trailers will give you the impression this movie is all about a little boy and the trials caused by his physical problems. That is misleading. It’s not all about a little boy. It’s about a family. Who has a little boy that has trials caused by his physical problems. It’s important that you know that.
It also seems to be based upon a true story. That is not the case either. It is based upon a real disease that deforms the face and skull. That part is never really talked about directly. But the movie is not about the disease. It is, as I said, about a family.
The Pullman family have raised their son, Auggie (August), in a rather closed environment and home schooled him due to the ongoing needs of the disease. When he is ready for 5th grade, they decide to enter him into a regular school. As usual, he is instantly ridiculed and made fun of. Bullied, much like reality (unfortunately). Despite more than one set-back, he is resilient and fights his way through it.
There are a few surprises along the way. And an ongoing need for a hankie as the tears will come, like it or not. I saw it at the PIX Theater, here in Albany. A place I highly recommend for both the environment and the cost being about half what the regular theaters charge. And while the writing was somewhat typical and the story, overall, nothing really new, it was a terrific movie with a few new spins. Fun and poignant.
Both Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson did a great job. Especially considering neither have done much in a while. But the show was definitely stolen by Jacob Tremblay, who played Auggie. He was funny and very believable.
His character underwent a change. He was already full of laughable lines and humor, but he was mostly alone. The movie brings him into friendships with others as well as a better understanding of all that his family has been through in helping him along. There are “chapters” in which the film focuses on others that are in his life and how his complications have changed and affected theirs. While he is the main character, the movie is not abut him alone.
You will enjoy this as one of the best “feel good films” of 2017. It is PG, but could easily be a G. Very family friendly. I would recommend this to anyone. Any age. There are mature themes, but they deal with bullying and every kid needs to know how awful that part of school and life is anyway.
I would give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. The half being only because it can be a little predictable sometimes. Fun, lots of humor, some tears, and, ultimately, a very well resolved story. GO SEE IT!