Guest blogging this week is Little Opinions. Little Opinions is a blog that shares kids perspective on entertainment, activities, attractions, places to go, movies, clothes, toys and games. You can find Little Opinions on their website, Facebook page or on Instagram.
WONDER the movie, staring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, hit theatres in the U.S. on 17th November 2017 and will be released nationally in Australia on the 30th November 2017.
WONDER is based on the New York Times bestseller that's been read by primary and high school students. It tells an inspirational and emotional story of August Pullman (known as 'Auggie'). Auggie was born with facial differences and has had 27 surgeries to date to help with his breathing, hearing and vision.
Auggie is about to start Grade 5 at a mainstream school for the first time after been homeschooled by his mother up until now. The movie is a journey about Auggie’s struggles with his classmates and the community, but also both the strain and determination of his family.
I took along four children aged between 8 and 11 to see an advanced screening so I could let you know what the verdict is!
Ellie (aged 11) – I loved WONDER, it was a very emotional movie. I liked how there were really sad parts but also very funny moments too. I took away from the movie that you can either choose right or kind, I will always choose kind. It was one of the best movies I have ever seen.
Kaili (aged 11) – I loved WONDER, it is very much like the book I read at school. The actors were fantastic and funny. I did cry but not as much as my mum. My favourite character was the sister and I would love to see it again.
Lexi (aged 11) – WONDER was funny and also had some sad moments. I really enjoyed watching the movie and it was very similar to the book.
Alyssa (aged 8) – I don’t understand why people have to be so mean. I really enjoyed the movie it doesn’t matter if you’re different. Sometimes people are rude but you have to always remember that there is always someone there for you. I cried in the movie and some parts mum had to explain to me afterwards.
Mum's Big Opinion
Take a packet of tissues. No, take a box of tissues; everyone cried - the adults and the children.
I would suggest this movie for 8 years and up due to the content. The movie is a great opportunity to teach children not to be afraid of someone that may not look like them but to embrace conversation with them. I enjoyed how the movie showed just how both children and adults cannot be accepting of these situations but shows not everyone can blend in but there is always someone there for you.
The casting was fantastic, I really enjoyed Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson's performances but I must admit Auggie’s sister Liv did at times steal the show. My favourite part of the movie was delivered by sister Liv "You cannot blend in when your born to stand out".
The verdict is in... This is a MUST movie to take the tweens to see and a great opportunity to start conversations with the kids about differences we see in our everyday lives. There is a very clear message portrayed in the movie that we all have a choice, so let’s choose kind!
Thanks Little Opinions for reviewing WONDER for us.
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