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Wonder Movie Review (2017) | Always Choose Kind

A wonder-full movie! Wonder movie is based on R. J. Palacio‘s debut novel. Boy! Has it been adapted brilliantly! With Jacob Tremblay doing justice to the role of Auggie, this movie is going to melt your heart on countless occasions. It is riveting throughout and lets you relate to its characters.

Unlike other movies where a protagonist-perspective is often brought into play for right about everything, Wonder movie doesn’t revolve around just Auggie, but all the people whose lives get affected owing to him.

Some lines are right there up with you. They sear you with a disheartening pang that is hard to escape if you are completely engrossed in the movie. There are numerous occasions in Wonder movie to make you all teary-eyed, and then there are plenty to lift up your spirits too.

When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.

The fact that the writer understands people so well will make you want to read her even more. Either through her books or her adapted work. There is so much she has to say, and so much she understands that it is hard not to applaud her brain. More power to her! Keep impressing us with more of you Palacio!

Direction of Wonder Movie

If you have watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower you are already aware of the alluring style of Stephen Chbosky‘s direction. He has a superpower to make his films really enchanting. There is something magical in the way he depicts drama that makes you connect almost instantly.

The cast he has chosen here is simply amazing. Right from Nate, (Owen Wilson) the cool dad to the mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts) whose life has taken a major setback owing to Auggie’s arrival, not to forget the overlooked brave sister Via (Izabela Vidovic) and the struggling friend Jack Will (Noah Jupe). All of them have been extremely well executed in frames that together tell a melting story.

still of Wonder movie family selfie

Chbosky experiments with the story he has, by playing it in the form of a book. Giving characters in the movie their own section of frames, where their own perspectives come into play. While what Via speaks into the ears of Auggie is inaudible to the parents, we find out about what was said in Via’s section. It is a brilliant way of showing a movie that keeps the audience on their toes. Also, it goes on to show how unaware we are about someone else’s perspective until we become them and until we start empathizing with their characters.

Like the fact that Via seemed really understanding from one look, and that if she was okay with all the attention Auggie got, is not only the viewer’s idea about her, but even that of the parent’s. It goes on to say – what we see, or what appears isn’t how things are. Brilliantly directed!

Jacob Tremblay as Auggie

While you can’t talk enough about this talented young kid, Jacob Tremblay keeps delivering every time he shows up in a movie. Whilst it is still hard to ignore his performances in Room and Before I Wake, he shows up how good he is in this beauty of a flick too. And how adorable he is! You can’t love him enough!

I am pretty sure you are secretly wishing Jacob Tremblay to not grow up. He is so cute, and that isn’t the only notion that’s winning him all the accolades but his ability to become versatile characters, so young.

Precepts are rules for really important things.

It is hard not to feel for Auggie when he is trying to find a place amongst others. He places fear and awkwardness in a contrasting optimistic light and visualizes himself how he wishes to be looked at. That’s one psychological lesson and  smart life hack right there – When people are staring at you, you turn it into something powerful.

All the Hope

It is amazing how this little lad is brimming with hope at all times. His pain so understandable, and his ecstasy immensely enjoyable! Feeling for him is something you cannot avoid throughout. Watching him rise is like watching your own kid rise. When you watch him struggle you just want to be there for him. Now that’s the power of acting! Making you feel for painted characters, and tying it all to your thread.

I know you don’t always like it, but I love it. It’s my son’s face.

At one point you are thinking what’s going on in his head? It’s all so relatable. If you put yourself in the shoes of Auggie everything the child is thinking and everything the child is going through can be empathized with. You think about all the thoughts that were said out loud, and that weren’t, and you realize it is an insanely depressing situation. You realize the huge import of finding your place in a world that considers a certain face to be akin to normal, like there’s a standard to everything we see.

To take birth in abnormality, and to face the very definition of normalcy is bound to emit sparks. Even though you are aware of what all things are going to happen, to witness it through the eyes of a small child is exceedingly painful.

On being asked what his superpower would be, Auggie says,

I’d be invisible.

And you can understand why he chose that answer! Poor child!

Julia Roberts as Isabel

Julia Roberts gives a great performance as Isabel. You can read genuine pain, trouble, and concern on her face when Auggie isn’t doing fine. It is hard not to put yourself in the shoes of Isabel.

Wonder movie Quotes

Wonder movie plants you in her feet and you become her. All the emotions, they go through you, and you are crying with her, feeling happy for Auggie when he makes a new friend.

Dear God, please let them be nice to him.

There are lines in Wonder that will shake you up, scintillate your soul, and connect with you on an emotional level. All of them have been beautifully imagined.

We all have marks on our faces. (pointing towards face) This is the map that shows us where we are going. (pointing towards heart) This is the map that shows us where you have been.

Isabel says all the right words to a child going through a tough time. But in doing so she misses out parenting a girl who has learned to take care of herself – her other child.

Izabela Vidovic as Via

Izabela Vidovic’s portrayal for Via can’t be forgotten either. Whilst at one hand, you find this really strong image of a girl who is completely okay with her parents focusing all their attention on the child who deserves all the attention. On the other hand, you find her completely vulnerable and missing out on all the love.

If they stare let them stare. You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Via is insanely strong and you realize that her problems, however, small, insignificant and mundane they might appear, are problems too. That she too deserves an eye in a family that is struggling to be normal, and be consumed and accepted by the world as one of their own.

When you look at Via’s character you realize that she has been put in a really smart move. It is a contrasting image that Wonder movie shows when they try to show how a person gets neglected even when you are focusing on someone who really needs it.

Other Cherishable Characters

Among other characters brilliantly woven are that of Jack Will’s and Julian’s (Bryce Gheisar‘s). While Jack Will is a child like any other, who is torn apart in a world that’s twisted and a world that isn’t, he shows what any other child would do in a situation he is put in. While he makes mistakes and amends them, it is endearing to watch the reconciliation in the flick.

The latter is the problem child, who shows us the bitter truth. He is like the reality eyeing us up good. You cannot enforce kindness in people, but you can help them learn their own lessons of humanity.

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Then you cannot also overlook the cooperating brainy principal Mr. Tushman (Mandy Patinkin) who does all the right thing, saying all the right words, and deals with crooked people with a hard to imitate kindness.

still from Wonder movie

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”

The Final Verdict

You cannot just commend one person for turning Wonder into something that’s astoundingly powerful. It is a team effort that deserves countless accolades. I guess it would be safe to say that “they should make more movies!”

There are so many life lessons imbibed in this tale that it feels like education, and whatever it stands for.

If you really want to see what people are, all you have to do is look.

Wonder movie will leave you intensely satisfied when you leave the theatre. Go watch this one!

Cars 3 Movie Review (2017) | A Story of Selflessness and Sacrifice

Cars 3 movie is a serious improvement over the prequel we saw six years ago. It has a better story to tell. There are even selfless life lessons to learn from here and even though Cars 3 movie is a tad slow for some people’s taste, it races past all the waving flags to count as a good entertainer nevertheless.

The main theme of Cars 3 movie this time isn’t about chasing your own dreams, rather taking a back seat to identify other’s. Its selfless culminating point holds as the nub of the story it intends to bring the protagonist up to speed with. It is more about making a colossal sacrifice by being altruistic and focusing on those who are in need of their shot at life.

While I choose to take away the good from the flick, the movie isn’t all impeccable either. The fact that it chooses to be nostalgic for most of the part about a crucial character’s demise, it ends up becoming a dispensable drag. Even the humour part sees a major setback. With literally few races to hold the story up taut, it becomes more of a setup to reach its unpredictable end. Anyhow, there are gorgeous lessons inscribed in it that makes the flick a thoughtful creation.

Lessons to Take from Cars 3 Movie (Spoilers)

The screenplay of Cars 3 movie has been beautifully written. There are some great bits that will straighten up your ears. There is so much to take from the movie that it makes you once again hopeful for life.

You can’t turn back the clock, kid. But you can wind it up again.

The time when Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) breaks it to Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) about her dream to become a racer was one of the best parts of the flick. She tells him that it was her nervousness and self-dubitation on finding herself huddled up against the likes of great racers, that took her away from her dream. When she asks McQueen how did he handle it, McQueen replies:

I never thought I couldn’t.

There wasn’t even a morsel of self-doubt in McQueen, and that’s why he never failed in life. He used to be nothing but an embodiment of confidence, and his decisive nature and undoubting acts helped him to win countless races.

still from cars 3 movie

The Fuel of Confidence

If you think about it, that’s how life works too. The absence of self-doubt and fidgeting will get you there where you wish to be. If there is even a hint of trepidation in your thoughts, you will end up not doing good at whatever you are pursuing. Be confident, sure of what you are doing and you will succeed every time!

Don’t ever think about whether you could make it, just know that you were made for it. You are a paragon of power, that’s how you were made! You will never fail if you don’t doubt yourself.

I decide when I am done.

But then McQueen experiences failure and self-doubt in the form of a patronizing Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) who shows him the ugly side of life. McQueen realizes that he isn’t good enough on the tracks and that no matter how hard he tried his speed was never up to the mark. We find him being surrounded by a cloud of uncertainty. And that continuously stays with him even when he was training alongside Cruz.

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The Selflessness

Then there was that big unselfish act in the end that makes you revere McQueen even more. On realizing Cruz’s true potential he gives her a chance to show her mettle and chooses to become what Doc was for him – a mentor. She proves herself by coming first in her first race, and that’s when you realize that every movie about your hero or legend retiring is about them seeing something in someone else, and letting them bear the torch.

Up until Cars 2, the franchise had always been about Lightning McQueen faltering and then rising up again to come over his fears to become the best all over again. It used to be all about McQueen and we just loved to see him bite on the attention too like all those heroes we look up to. But with Cars 3 movie that monotony was broken. It was a pleasant end something you really do not see coming. But McQueen gives you all the more reason to love him as he makes such an enormous sacrifice by letting Cruz have her chance at her dream.

It is so hard to do that because you constantly feel yourself to be the protagonist of your own life. When that bubble bursts for you and you see someone really worthy not getting his/her chance, it’s then you realize that everyone’s life is equally important. That feeling of placing yourself second to make sure justice is served is the best feeling you could get. Cars 3 teaches us to be altruistic and forever be on the lookout for people in need. Help them get what they want if you have been blessed with enough fortune. Everyone deserves a fair shot at life!

still of lightning mcqueen and jackson storm in cars 3

The Final Verdict

Cars 3 is like a phase that every human must go through once in their life. Just like we saw Old Man Logan resting his claws this year, it seems quite fair that every legacy must come to an end. Your prime always finds a calm at one point, and no matter how disheartening it might sound to you, with technology and the posterity taking over, it is one ugly truth that every person must come to terms with.

With the movie trundling down to McQueen’s retirement, (we aren’t really sure as the end alludes that McQueen is going to keep on racing), somewhere deep down we know this that this franchise must rest its bumpers. I think it has been making a fair point all this time with McQueen’s retirement plans to retire a legend. We have milked this franchise enough and it is time for Pixar to start focusing on other projects.

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No Escape Review (2015)

No Escape rushes in with a story that would scare any expat venturing into unknown borders. But has it been executed properly? The answer to that is a big No.

John Erick Dowdle’s movie covers a situation. It endeavours to answer the ‘What if’ when you move to an alien land where the entire mob is against you. More like a zombie apocalypse but with people.

The movie is very predictable. You see almost everything coming. There is no subtlety in Dowdle’s frames. The rabid crowd executes headshots from miles away. The attackers have been portrayed as ruthless fanatics without a heart. They kill everyone not just the foreigners. So more like zombies. A little hard to believe there.

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Screenplay is also very poorly written. Pierce Brosnan has just a cameo and he barges in like an assist. His role ends in a jiffy.

Lucy and Beeze are adorable, and they try to beam up things. But all of that happens in the beginning, when chaos hadn’t started. Soon they get out shadowed, except for the occasional “I want to go potty” and “I am hungry” distractions. A lot of things in the movie are not highlighted properly. There is no proper aftermath to an emotional trauma. What is sad to see, Owen Wilson not afraid to put his family into harm’s away. He keeps them on the edge, and someone in the family is always willing to help him by doing something stupid.

Not that great.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review (2014)

“It was an enchanting old ruin.”

The Grand Budapest Hotel is drenched in literary awesomeness, Wes Anderson’s beautiful adventurous tale is about the life of a concierge named Gustave, who develops a friendship with a loyal Lobby Boy Zero Moustafa, a young immigrant from the East, on account of a misfortune that fires an avalanche of events. Set in a span between the World Wars, the story is basically a narration from a writer, who had met a hollow version of Zero in The Grand Budapest Hotel, who in turn narrates every account of his and Gustave’s adventure to him. (Talk about Inception eh!)

Screenplay is just marvellous. It touches bits of humour quite subtly. The direction is top notch just the way Wes likes to depict his cinema. If you have seen his previous works you would know how brilliantly he projects his frames and takes you to a different world altogether. You couldn’t help but marvel at the way he rotates his camera and runs into inanimate things for focus. He leaves most of the action part to our vivid imagination. Built backdrops and landscapes in the flick are quite artistic and perfectly manifested with a unique animation.

Wes carves his writing gorgeously, as occasionally he slips into splendid poetic verses beautifully enunciated by Ralph Fiennes. The story runs great along with some exceptional editing. A gripping adventure that breathes on outstanding performances by Fiennes, Norton, Dafoe, Brody, Goldblum and Revolori. Even though it had a stellar cast, actors like Bill Murray, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman basically had cameos.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is simply a glimpse into the creative head of Wes Anderson. It is a remarkable feat in comedy and direction and a must watch for people who love quality cinema.