Wonder (film)

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Wonder
Wonder (film).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stephen Chbosky
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Wonder
by R.J. Palacio
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Don Burgess
Edited by Mark Livolsi
Production
company
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
Running time
113 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[3]
Box office $304.9 million[4]

Wonder is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Stephen Chbosky, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs. The film follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in. Wonder was released in the United States on November 17, 2017, by Lionsgate. The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences and grossed $304 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Plot[edit]

August "Auggie" Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is a 10-year-old boy living in North River Heights in upper Manhattan, New York. He has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as "mandibulofacial dysostosis". Due to 27 surgeries, Auggie has been home-schooled by his mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts), but as Auggie is approaching fifth grade, Isabel and Auggie's father, Nate (Owen Wilson), decide to enroll him in Beecher Prep, a mainstream private school run by Mr. Tushman (Mandy Patinkin), the principal. At first, Auggie is ostracized by nearly the entire student body, but he soon becomes best friends with a boy named Jack Will (Noah Jupe), who was his welcome buddy, along with Julian Albans (Bryce Gheisar), the school bully, and Charlotte Cody (Elle McKinnon).

During Halloween, Auggie wears an old Ghostface mask and costume because his dog, Daisy (Gidget), threw up on his "Boba Fett" costume. Unrecognized, he walks around school knowing he would not get tormented while incognito. As he walks through the door to his homeroom, he overhears Jack telling Julian and his friends, Amos Conti (Ty Consiglio), Miles Noury (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf), and Henry Joplin (James A. Hughes), that he was "only pretending to be friends with Auggie". Feeling betrayed, Auggie wants to stay home during trick-or-treating, but his older sister, Olivia "Via" (Izabella Vidovic), talks him out of it.

The next day at lunch, Auggie confides the incident to another friend, a girl named Summer Dawson (Millie Davis), but swears her to secrecy and starts to avoid Jack. Jack, noticing what's going on, asks Summer why, but she only gives him one clue by saying "Ghost Face" before heading off to class. In science class, Jack is shocked when it dawns on him that it was Auggie wearing the Ghost Face costume, and thus had overheard everything he said to Julian, Amos, Miles, and Henry. When Julian calls Auggie a "freak", Jack angrily punches him in the face and a fight ensues between the two, which is soon broken up by their homeroom teacher, Mr. Browne (Daveed Diggs) and another teacher. Jack is suspended for two days for his actions and he and Mr. Tushman write letters to each other. Jack apologizes to Auggie and the two friends reconcile.

During the rest of the school year, Julian and his friends bully Auggie; they leave hurtful and threatening notes on his desk, and tape their class picture to his locker with Auggie photoshopped out. Mr. Tushman confronts Julian and his parents (Crystal Lowe) and (Steve Bacic) using all the evidence; Julian's mother proclaims that she had Auggie edited out of the photo so her friends could ask about Julian instead of Auggie and his family. She then says that the students should not be exposed to Auggie. Despite her threats to pull both Julian and their funding from the school, Tushman suspends Julian for two days, along with making him miss an upcoming nature retreat. A remorseful Julian apologizes to Tushman for his humiliating actions towards Auggie, which Tushman accepts.

Meanwhile, Via signs up for Drama Club at her high school after her best friend, Miranda Navas (Danielle Rose Russel), ignores her after her parents got a divorce; in the process, she meets Justin (Nadji Jeter), with whom she develops a close friendship which later turns into a relationship. Later, Via is selected to be an understudy for the lead role in the school's production of "Our Town", but when Miranda, who is the lead actress, pretends to fall ill after learning that Via's family is at the play, Via takes her place and gives a performance that earns her a standing ovation.

During the nature retreat, when Auggie and Jack are accosted and threatened by a trio of seventh graders from another school, lead by Eddie (William Dickinson). Amos, Miles, and Henry come to their defense. After their return to school (and prior to the retreat), Auggie is generally accepted by more of his classmates, including a reformed Julian.

At the year-end graduation ceremony, Auggie is given the Henry Ward Beecher Medal for standing out; he receives a standing ovation. The movie ends with everyone applauding Auggie, and Isabel commenting on him being a "wonder".

Cast[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Julia Roberts as Isabel Pullman, Via and Auggie's mother.
  • Owen Wilson as Nate Pullman, Via and Auggie’s father.
  • Jacob Tremblay as August "Auggie" Pullman, the main protagonist of the film.
  • Mandy Patinkin as Mr. Tushman, the principal of Beecher Prep.
  • Daveed Diggs as Mr. Browne, Auggie's homeroom teacher.
  • Izabela Vidovic as Olivia "Via" Pullman, Auggie’s older sister and Isabel and Nate's daughter.
    • Maccie Margaret Chbosky as Young Via.
  • Noah Jupe as Jack Will, Auggie’s best friend.
  • Bryce Gheisar as Julian Albans, the bully of the fifth grade and the reformed main antagonist.
  • Elle McKinnon as Charlotte Cody.
  • Millie Davis as Summer Dawson, Auggie's other best friend.
  • Ty Consiglio as Amos Conti, one of Julian’s friends who later defends Auggie and befriends him.
  • Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Miles Noury, one of Julian’s friends who initially bullies Auggie.
  • James A. Hughes as Henry Joplin, one of Julian’s friends who initially bullies Auggie.
  • Sônia Braga as Lisa "Grans" Minel, Isabel's mother, and Via and Auggie’s grandmother.
  • Ali Liebert as Ms. Petosa, Auggie's science teacher.
  • Danielle Rose Russell as Miranda Navas, Via’s best friend.
  • Nadji Jeter as Justin Hollander, Via's boyfriend.
  • Gidget as Darth-Daisy "Daisy", the Pullman family’s dog.
  • Nicole Oliver as Mrs. Will, Jack’s mother.
  • Rachel Hayward as Mrs. Navas, Miranda’s mother.
  • Crystal Lowe as Mrs. Albans, Julian’s mother.
  • Steve Bacic as Mr. Albans, Julian’s father.
  • Erika McKitrick as Ella, Summer and Charlotte's friend.
  • Sasha Neuhaus as Maya Markowitz, Summer and Charlotte's friend.
  • Izzy Lieberman as Reid Kingsley.
  • Hannah Hoberman as Rebecca.
  • William Dickinson as Eddie, a seventh grader from another school and the secondary antagonist.
  • Emma Tremblay as Michelle.
  • Lydia Jewett as Lina Annan.
  • Armen Bagdasrov as Danny.
  • Kaelyn Breitkopf as Angela.
  • Victoria V. Cruz as the Science Fair judge.
  • Benjamin Ratner as Mr. Davenport.
  • J. Douglas Stewart as Darth Sidious.
  • Michael Alan Healy as Chewbacca.

Production[edit]

On November 27, 2012, it was announced that Lionsgate was developing the feature film adaptation of R. J. Palacio's debut novel Wonder, while in talks with John August to write the screenplay.[5] Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman would be producing the film.[5] On May 8, 2013, Jack Thorne was hired to adapt the novel, while August, who was previously reported as writer, had departed from the project.[6] In October 2014, John Krokidas was reported to be directing the film,[7] but in April 2015, Paul King was hired to take the directing duties. Steven Conrad was writing the script at that time.[8]

On April 14, 2016, Jacob Tremblay was cast in to play the lead role as Auggie Pullman, while Julia Roberts was in talks to play Auggie's mother.[9] On May 5, 2016, Roberts was confirmed to play the mother, with Stephen Chbosky signed on to direct.[10] On June 27, 2016, Owen Wilson had joined to play Auggie's father.[11] On July 11, 2016, newcomer Noah Jupe joined the cast as Auggie's best friend at school.[12] On July 15, 2016, Daveed Diggs was cast as Mr. Browne, an English teacher at the school.[13] On August 19, 2016, Sônia Braga joined the cast, portraying the role of Roberts's mother.[14]

Jacob's prosthetic makeup, designed and created by Arjen Tuiten, took an hour and half to apply. It consisted of a skull cap with prosthetic ears attached, a facial prosthetic that covered Jacob's face, and a wig to tie it all together.[citation needed]

Marcelo Zarvos composed the film's score.[15]

Music[edit]

Bea Miller composed a song entitled "Brand New Eyes." It was released on August 3, 2017.

Wonder author R.J. Palacio has often credited Natalie Merchant's song “Wonder” from her 1995 album Tigerlily as the inspiration for her best-selling book and at Merchant's invitation, the song will be featured in the soundtrack.[16]

Release[edit]

Wonder was scheduled to be released in the United States on April 7, 2017 by Lionsgate.[17][18] On February 13, 2017, it was announced that the release date for Wonder had been pushed back to November 17, 2017.[19] Wonder had its world premiere at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles on November 14, 2017.[20]

Box office[edit]

Wonder grossed $132.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $168.1 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $300.5 million, against a production budget of $20 million.[4] Deadline Hollywood calculated the film made a net profit of $55.3 million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues.[21]

In the United States and Canada, Wonder was released alongside Justice League and The Star and was initially projected to gross around $9 million from 3,096 theaters in its opening weekend.[22] However after grossing $740,000 from Thursday night previews and receiving a large number of group ticket sales, weekend projections were upped to $15 million.[23] Weekend projections were again increased, this time to $28 million, after the film made $9.4 million on its first day. The film went on to debut to $27.1 million, finishing second at the box office behind Justice League.[24] In its second weekend the film dropped just 17.7%, grossing $22.7 million and finishing third at the box office.[25]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 85% based on 156 reviews and an average rating of 7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Wonder doesn't shy away from its bestselling source material's sentiment, but this well-acted and overall winsome drama earns its tugs at the heartstrings."[26] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[27] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale, one of fewer than 80 films in the history of the service to receive such a score.[24]

Some reviewers criticized the decision to cast an actor without the disease as Auggie as undermining the film's message.[28][29]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards February 5, 2018 Best Intergenerational Film Wonder Nominated [30]
Readers' Choice Poll Wonder Nominated
Academy Awards March 4, 2018 Best Makeup and Hairstyling Arjen Tuiten Nominated [31]
British Academy Film Awards February 18, 2018 Best Makeup and Hair Naomi Bakstad, Robert Pandini and Arjen Tuiten Nominated [32]
Casting Society of America January 18, 2018 Big Budget – Comedy Deborah Aquila, Kara Eide, Tricia Wood and Kris Woz Nominated [33]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards January 11, 2018 Best Young Actor/Actress Jacob Tremblay Nominated [34]
Best Adapted Screenplay Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad and Stephen Chbosky Nominated
Best Hair & Makeup Wonder Nominated
Heartland Film Festival December 31, 2017 Truly Moving Picture Award Stephen Chbosky Won [35]
London Film Critics Circle January 28, 2018 Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Noah Jupe Nominated [36]
Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild February 24, 2018 Feature Motion Picture: Best Contemporary Makeup Naomi Bakstad, Jean Black and Megan Harkness Nominated [37]
Feature Motion Picture: Best Contemporary Hair Styling Robert Pandini and Alisa Macmillian Nominated
Feature Motion Picture: Best Special Makeup Effects Michael Nickiforek and Arjen Tuiten Nominated
Feature Motion Picture: Best Contemporary Hair Styling Robert Pandini and Alisa Macmillian Nominated
Feature Motion Picture: Best Special Makeup Effects Michael Nickiforek and Arjen Tuiten Nominated
Saturn Awards June 2018 Best Performance by a Younger Actor Jacob Tremblay Nominated [38]
Best Make-up Arjen Tuiten Nominated
Best Independent Film Wonder Won
Seattle Film Critics Society December 18, 2017 Best Youth Performance Jacob Tremblay Nominated [39]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 8, 2017 Best Youth Performance Jacob Tremblay Nominated [40]
Women Film Critics Circle December 17, 2017 Best Family Film Wonder Nominated [41]
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See also[edit]

References[edit]

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