Review: Wonder (2017)

Wonder is one of those movies that reminds you to love the little things in life. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder is full of heart, it’s inspiring, and just makes you feel good to be alive when you walk out of a theatre. There are many ways escapism works when you go to the movies and this film provides you with a reminder that even through the hard times we could be facing in our world today, it is possible to be happy and that positive attitude can be contagious to others.

This feel good movie involves Jacob Tremblay (Room) as Auggie, a boy who is entering the fifth grade after being homeschooled by his mother, Isabel, played by Julia Roberts. This is his first time going to a public school which should be exciting for a kid but Auggie is a unique individual who has facial differences. Auggie and his family also including his Father, Nate (Owen Wilson), and sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic) are concerned with how people will receive him because he looks different.

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Movie Review: Secret in their Eyes

Coming Attractions before the show:

Midnight Special. Drama and Fantasy. Starring Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver. Click here for the trailer.

The Big Short. Comedy. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Click here for the trailer.

The H8teful Eight. Comedy and Action. Starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and more from the Quentin T. family. Click here for the trailer.

The Boy. Horror. Starring Lauren Cohan. Click here for the trailer. ” THIS LOOKS GOOD”



 

“My daughter was the thing that made me, me.”

So I usually don’t go to movies like these at the movies because Dramas usually are just as good watching at home especially if they are quite dramas. You don’t want other people around you making lots of noise while you are watching people talk for almost 2 hours. However, here I am watching this at the movies because it looks good. I enjoyed the trailer and I want to see how it plays out.

What I learned is that this movie is actually a remake of a 2010 Argentine Film, which apparently won an Oscar, called El Secreto De Sus Ojos.  In the center of it all is Chiwetel Ejiofor. He plays an FBI investigator who develops a little bit of an obsession in solving a murder case that hits real close to home. Along for the ride is Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman.

secret-in-their-eyes-set-photoSo as I mentioned earlier, this film deals with what is considered justice and how obsession can consume you and make you do things you never saw yourself doing. The movie runs as a 1h and 41 min movie but felt a lot longer than that. I think there were a couple of scenes that could have been condense or taken out. The movie also plays off the flashback format by revealing a past leading up to the current central plot of the movie.

However, the way that they jump back and forth between the past and present is a little sloppy and possibly hard to follow. Towards the middle of the movie I manage to keep up with where they were in the timeline by their hair. The characters will either have more hair in the past vs the present with the exception of Chiwetel’s character who just has some grey in his hair. So make sure to pay attention. There is some great drama in this movie and delivers a different on a typical story with the pace of the movie.

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Julia Roberts (left) Nicole Kidman (center) Chiwetel Ejiofor (right) 

The acting is solid and what an amazing cast of actors too. Although I thought Julia Roberts was the main star of this film she kind of takes a back seat to this movie but her scenes are still pretty good. Nicole Kidman had a scene where she had me snapping my fingers in excellence.

Overall, I think the movie was okay. I wasn’t bored throughout it was just a little slow. It does have a solid ending which I think makes the movie worth your money but do you need to pay to see this at the movies right away…the answer is no. I would see this movie, if you want something different than the holiday cheer type of movies you get around this time.

+1 for staying awake and paying attention
+1/2 for the slow pace and okay story. Solid ending though
+1 for great acting. No cheesy one liners
0 for recommendation. If this sounds like your cup of tea but not a must see. I recommend seeing The Gift instead.
0 for replay value. No need to watch it again.

Total: 2 1/2 points out of 5

I hope this review helped your decision on this movie. Anyone who has seen it, I’d love to hear what you thought. Comment below and have a good day moviegeeks.