Now this is what a book-to-movie adaptation should be like.
Wonder is a novel (it’s not quite Young Adult and it’s not really Elementary level; just somewhere in between but definitely one that reaches to kids, tweens, teens, and adults alike) written by R.J. Palacio back in 2012 and one that I read back in 2016. The movie adaptation was released in late 2017 but I didn’t get a chance to watch it until last weekend.
The book is about August “Auggie” Pullman, a 5th grader with a “facial deformity” and his life as he goes to a “real school” for the first time after being home-schooled by his mother for years.
To say that I balled my eyes out while reading the book would be an understatement. And yes, I did the same while watching the movie.
Except for the fact that Auggie’s physical appearance wasn’t quite as how I imagined it (as it wasn’t exactly like how it was described on the book, either), everything else was on point.
Of course, tiny details that could be ommitted was taken out and wasn’t shown on the movie but that’s alright and understandable.
It wasn’t compressed, either, and everything was just paced accurately.
When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.
We all have our own struggles and to say that your hardships are worse than the person next to you is just plain insensitive. We all handle things differently and we all have our own limitations. So we need to be kind. Because at the end of the day, we don’t really know the extent of what another person’s going through.
And this teaches us just that.
It teaches us to be kind. It teaches us to be understanding. It teaches us that there are times when inner strength is more commendable than the physical one. It teaches us to look past one’s physical feature.
Auggie can’t change the way he looks. But maybe we can change the way we see.
Wonder is truly an eye-opener — the book and the movie. And I love the fact that the film was directed by Stephen Chbosky (author of one of my favorites: The Perks of Being A Wallflower).
This truly did justice to R.J. Palacio’s great work.