The Reel Review


Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) writes and directs this adaptation of TJ Palacio’s inspirational story about Auggie Pullman, a young boy with facial deformities trying to navigate his first year of middle school after years of homeschooling.

The twist here is that the story isn’t just about Auggie – it’s also told from the perspective of family members and friends, weaving a genuine and more multi-dimensional tapestry of human emotions that really tugs at the heartstrings. The ensemble cast – Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay (Room) – are all excellent, but it is relative newcomer Izabela Vidovic who shines as Auggie’s kindhearted, unassuming, self reliant and thus, often ignored, big sister. In an increasingly harsh world, beautiful, feel good movies like these, about being kind to one another, are more important than ever.

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