Art in Medicine: Movie Consideration

“Wonder” has hit theaters. Already a highly acclaimed book, both as a New York Times #1 Bestseller and a Texas Bluebonnet Award, August Pullman now hits the big screen.

A PG movie about a young boy with Treacher-Collins as he enters school for the first time — first joining in mainstream school at 5th grade. The movie addresses the trials and tribulations of his family and classmates as they struggle to find compassion and acceptance. While I can’t say I’ve seen it yet, people seem to have quite a bit to say about.

Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus: 85% fresh, agreeing that “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.”

IMDb gives it an 8.2/10, which seems to be the general consensus of various reviews; that said, the average rating doesn’t seem to reflect the apparent standard deviation in scoring. Perceptions range from David Edelstein of New York Magazine, who gave the film a 100/100, commenting on young Tremblay’s effective use of “emotions through understatement”, the moview’s simple shooting and overall “overflowing humanism”. On the other hand, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, blasted the movie for having “all the depth of a fridge magnet” and being generally “manipulative”. Read his full critique for more biting criticism.

Regardless, consider checking out the movie, or the original book, and reporting back! Is this just another feed-good movie without a lot of depth, or does it add something new to the already cluttered world of disability movies? Have you read the book? I’ll be sure to report back too, when schedules finally let me leave the hospital!

Have a book, movie, podcast, event, etc. recommendation for your fellow AiM-ers? Let us know!

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