Wonder: when did family movies become a bad thing?

Wonder movie review

I recently read a profile of Jessica Chastain, who is pretty magnificent in everything she does as far as I’m concerned and in it the article writer pondered something the difference between her career and Julia Roberts who is now doing family fare, like Wonder. While I can’t recall the details of the article, and implication was that Chastain is getting the better roles Roberts should be getting (too).

I wondered (ha) if the author of the article had watched Wonder.

I haven’t read the book, and after watching the movie, I don’t know if I am emotionally ready to do so because I’m not even kidding that I sobbed through the movie.

Wonder is Auggie’s story — he is a young boy, about to start middle school and indeed school for the first time in his short life. He has mandibulofacial dysostosis, which has meant 27 surgeries to repair the various medical issues he has. Even now he doesn’t look like a normal kid, and he doesn’t feel he’s ready for it — even though his mum feels he is.

This is a movie about the cruelty of kids, and the kindness in them, and a family who banded together to make sure their son and brother never wanted for love. I know being the mom is not as juicy as the roles Chastain does – and does well – but surely such a positive, and yes heartbreaking movie, shouldn’t be looked down upon like this because Julia Roberts is what slumming it? Her career is over?

Yes, that profile annoyed me. And also: go watch Wonder. 

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