Movie Review: WONDER (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

WONDER is based on the best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio. Writer-director Stephen Chbosky brings to life the uplifting story of a boy who inspires and teaches others that true beauty is found within.  Co-written for the screen by Steven Conrad and Jack ThorneWonder stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, Noah Jupe and Mandy Patinkin.

Wonder follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Meet Nate Pullman (Owen Wilson), his wife Isabel (Julia Roberts), and their two kids, Olivia (Izabela Vidovic) and August (Jacob Tremblay). Auggie’s face has been left scarred after all the surgeries he’s had during his young life so he’s lived a sheltered life and has been heavily guarded by his loving parents and his sister. They’ve sheltered him from the aches and pains of the real world so Auggie doesn’t really have any friends or anything like that. What happens is, his parents decide it’s time to stop home schooling Auggie so they send him off to the fifth grade so he can go to school with other kids. Even though it gets off to a rocky start, things really smooth out for Auggie as the school year unfolds and he ends up making some great new friends as well as making a lasting impression on the entire school. Auggie goes through some growing pains during his fifth grade year but he definitely comes into his own as it all plays out.

Kids can be so cruel and I’m not too far removed from my own childhood so I remember certain instances that took place in my own school. No, I wasn’t a bully and thankfully I wasn’t on the receiving end but I did witness a few things that I didn’t care for from time to time. It’s not that I stood by and watched because it all just happened so fast and then it was over. Anyway, this story adds something extra with Auggie who’s not only the new kid in school, and that’s bad enough, but his appearance gets him a little more attention than he’d like and honestly he handles it really well. This is sort of a coming-of-age journey for this likable little kid who struggles a bit to fit in and making friends but by the end of the story he’s probably the most popular kid in school and deservingly so. “You can’t blend in when you was born to stand out!” The story also focuses on how Auggie’s parents and his older sister handles their life with him as well as some of their own personal drama.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear and the picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Wonder is a heartwarming story about kindness, love and friendship plus it’s a movie that the entire family can sit down and enjoy together and we don’t get too many of these anymore. And God knows we need more kindness, love and friendship in these dark days! I really liked the story about this little boy who looks a little different on the outside but he’s as normal as everybody else on the inside. There were some stellar performances by this amazing cast but this is Jacob Tremblay’s show and the kid delivered an incredible performance that’ll make you laugh, cry and then laugh a little more. Director Stephen Chbosky captured everything he need with his camera to make this inspiring feel good drama something really special. Wonder delivers a very important message to everyone who watches it to be a little more understanding with others because you never know what kind of fight they’re battling in their personal lives. Wonder will available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on February 13th and is a must watch.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 113 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0 / EDA

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include a 5-part documentary, three standalone featurettes, audio commentary, music video, two theatrical trailers and a digital copy of the movie.

  •  “Summer of Fun” 5-Part Documentary (57:44)
  1.  “A (com)Passion Project” Featurette
  2. “Family Matters” Featurette
  3. “A Technical Wonder” Featurette
  4. “A Note of Kindness” Featurette
  5. “We All Deserve a Standing Ovation at Least Once in Our Lives” Featurette
  • “A Child’s Sense of Wonder” Featurette (13:23)
  • “What a Wonderful World” Featurette (12:34)
  • Audio Commentary with Stephen Chbosky and R.J. Palacio
  • “Brand New Eyes” Music Video (03:26)
  • Theatrical Trailers (03:14)
  • Wonder Soundtrack: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (03:57)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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