by Sara Isser

​Based off of the New York Times
bestseller by R.J. Palacio, Wonder (directed by Stephen Chbosky) tells the story of Auggie Pullman (played by Jacob Tremblay), a fifth-grade boy who was born with facial deformities. This movie captures what it’s like to grow up looking different than everyone else, and how this experience not only affects the person, but their family as well.

Wonder is by far the best and most emotional movie I saw this year. There were times when I was laughing so uncontrollably that I spit out my popcorn, there were times when I was crying out of happiness and, of course, there were many times where I cried because of the pain and suffering that I had watched the Pullmans go through.

After seeing Wonder, I have become much more aware of the degree to which society encourages people to judge others based on how they look. Watching Auggie go through the bullying and trauma that he did made me wish that I was a character in the movie so I could stick up for him. Although that isn’t possible, I now keep Auggie in mind when I’m going about my everyday life.

I believe that the number one reason why Wonder is my favorite movie of the year is because it taught me that you never know what others are going through, as well as how important it is to be kind to everyone. This film’s lessons about human decency are ones that I won’t soon forget.