Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

The film had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 14 where the amazingly talented young cast got to meet fans of the book as well as screen the film. Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Izabela Vidovic and Director Stephen Chbosky where in attendance along with writer RJ Palacio.

We also got to meet the backbones of the young cast as Bryce Gheisar, Millie Davis, Elle McKinnon and Noah June who play Julian, Summer, Charlotte and Jack Will respectively.

Having read he book by R. J. Palacio, I️ had high expectations and hopes for the film to stay as true to the written page as possible and Stephen Chbosky and Lionsgate did not disappoint.

One of the great things about the book is that we get to see the perspective of Auggie and his family but also of his new school friends so it gives a well rounded perspective of not only how Auggie sees himself but also how his parents and other are him. Often times, we are suppressed to see that the children are more intuitive than the adults give them credit for and vice versa. The film does a great job of keeping this point of view perspective while maintaining the flow of the narrative. I️t allows the viewers to get inside each persons head a little and get a full understanding of events and a glimpse into each character’s feelings and reasons for their actions.

White the book had many emotive scenes, the director toes a fine line of just how much emotion to give and how much levity to infuse. Wonder is an uplifting story and, yes while the book does make you cry…a lot, the film gives us just enough tears and laughter to balance each other out maintaining the heart of the story and keeping away from the “overly sentimental” tearjerker title.

Jacob Tremblay’s portrayal of Auggie Pullman is so effortless you immerse yourself in the story which is a talent the young star has mastered by now. The supporting cast of young actors do a magnificent job of playing their roles to perfection without overdoing the “bully” or “nice girl” stereotypes. You don’t need over he top acting to get the pint across and they held back just enough to make the scenes believable. Isabelle Vidovic plays the role of displaced older sister beautifully, showcasing her inner struggle between loving her brother and being seen as an individual. Something all teens can relate to.

Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Daveed Diggs and Mandy Patinkin play he roles of parents and school adult figures just right as we see them help Auggie navigate a new challenge and treat him as what he is, a child going through a new experience. Not letting him become handicapped by how he looks, rather letting his inner self shine.

Wonder is a must watch for families and anyone who needs a little glimmer of goodness and hope in their lives. Take a look at some of the photos and videos from the premier below.

Wonder arrives in theaters November 17.

Crystal Lowe, Ali Liebert, Ty Consiglio, Noah Jupe, Izabela Vidovic, Danielle Rose Russell, Elle McKinnon, Daveed Diggs, Bryce Gheisar, Stephen Chbosky, Director/Writer, James A Hughes, Nadji Jeter, Millie Davis, R.J. Palacio, Author/Executive Producer,

Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson

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