Rotten Watch Prediction

Being different can be a curse, and growing up in our current time it can almost be an affliction. This is the case for August Pullman, the protagonist of Wonder, who was born with massive birth defects that make him difficult to even look at. The movie is based on the best-selling novel by R.J. Palacio, and tells the story of August's transition to going to school for the first time, and the pain involved for everyone.

Director Stephen Chobsky has adapted another book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (86%), and received critical acclaim. He took some liberties with the original text in the movie version for that one, and I suspect the same is true here. But adhering to the original story about August, his tribulations with being "different," and how it affects the lives of those who love him should make for an excellent movie. And the trailer seems to point to this being the case. The movie looks touching and honest without delving completely into the sappy.

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