Our family was able to watch Wonder, a movie that we have wanted to see for sometime. The movie is about August “Auggie” Pullman, a boy with a facial deformity. For the first time, he is going to a normal school instead of homeschooling.
The movie is about his experiences, dealing with people’s reactions and trying to sort through who his real friends are. I thought Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson did a fantastic job playing his parents. A a special needs parents, their portrayal rang true.
Auggie goes through a difficult time, including the bullying you would expect. As far I know, our autistic children have not received the same sort of bullying, but we can’t be sure.
What really stood out for me was the depiction of Auggie’s big sister. People often forget the challenges that go with being a sibling of a special needs child. There are added responsibilities plus diminished parental attention. This was one of the best portrayal’s of the struggle of siblings I’ve ever seen in a movie.
Wonder was a, dare I say it, a wonderful movie. It was proof that you can tell a good story without the profanity and sex that normally is part of the equation. It was a great movie apart from the special needs element, with it Wonder was that much better.