I loved director Stephen Chbosky’s last film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. It was a sensitive, understated and intelligent look at growing up. Since then, he’s been working as more of a screenwriter, and now that he’s finally back to helming, I am looking forward to seeing what he has in store for us. “Wonder” is his adaptation of R.J. Palacio‘s best-selling novel, and it stars Julia Roberts (“Pretty Woman”) and Owen Wilson (“Midnight in Paris”) as parents of a little boy who is trying to adjust to life and society despite a terrible disfigurement.
Lionsgate debuted the trailer today, and it sure feels a lot like the 1985 Cher/Eric Stolz weepie “Mask”. But what it really has going for it is a secret weapon in the form of child actor Jacob Tremblay. This kid is amazing, as anyone who watched “Room” can attest. Brie Larson won an Oscar for it, but Tremblay was actually the MVP in that one. I think he’s gonna elevate the material here, and I won’t be surprised if this ends up on more than a few Best Of lists come year end.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Based on the New York Times best-seller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman (Tremblay), a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Roberts and Wilson play Nate and Isabel, the parents of Auggie.”
“Wonder” features an adapted screenplay by Jack Thorne and Steve Conrad. It premieres 17th November in the US. Hopefully the movie makes it here.