Two years ago, Charlie was in 4th grade. He was a part of a school bullying program. He was to be a lookout for bullying, champion those around him and help other speak up. I’m happy to say he loved every second of the program. One of the things they did together was read the book Wonder. This amazing story turned his life around in a good way. He saw life through the eyes of someone who isn’t typical. He immediately came home after they finished reading it and told me “Mom they’re making Wonder into a movie and we have to see it.” So are there really reasons why every child should see Wonder? We received a copy of Wonder on Blu-Ray for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Yep there are. You see there are three types of kids in this world, the children that are bullied, the children that are bullies and those that are in the middle.
For the children that are bullied: Wonder tells the story of Auggie, a child who was born with medical issues and has physical deformities. He is bullied but does so with grace. He tries hard to not get others in trouble but in the process teaches those around him to speak up, to accept differences and to love just to love.
For the children that are bullies: Watching Auggie go through the bullying sheds a different light on how bullying really affects you. While in the moment a bully, might not see what the truly happens to those that are bullied. At the same time it also shows them that they may be learning behaviors from outside sources to make them behave the way they are.
For those children in the middle: Wonder allows them to see both sides of the bullying aspect. It shows them that bullies are often going through their own issues, that they have problems at home/school/work that are causing them to react this way. It also allows them to see how bullying really changes lives, how it makes people to behave differently. Most importantly it allows viewers to see that they can speak up, they can be proud to be friends with anyone and that they can choose kind.
Wonder is coming to Blu-Ray and DVD on 2/13. When it arrives, you will find 3 hours of extras including a 5-part documentary entitled Summer of Fun, the “Brand New Eyes” music video and behind the scenes featurette of the Wonder soundtrack.
We watched the Summer of Fun documentary and loved it. It allowed us to see so many things involved in the movie from the technical aspects of Wonder to Notes of Kindness. There is a great featurette that lets you see just how the director worked with each child and how the children worked together. It was pretty fantastic to see. We have some great reasons why every child should see Wonder but I would love to know what your reasons would be? What portion of the extra features would be most interesting to you?