- (movie) adaptation
- namesake novel
- Treacher ... syndrome
- stare at ～
- encourage ～ to ...
- "The Perks ... Wallflower"
- 「ウォールフラワー」（１９９９年）（perks は特権）
If you think back to yourself as a child or teenager, you can name the great songs, movies, and pieces of art that you loved. "All I want to do is make those pieces of art," American Director Stephen Chbosky said in a recent interview in Tokyo. His latest movie "Wonder" is definitely one that will stay in audiences' hearts for years to come.
"Wonder" tells the story of August "Auggie" Pullman, played by Jacob Tremblay, and is an adaptation of the namesake bestselling novel. A fan of "Star Wars" who dreams of traveling to space, Auggie is an ordinary 10-year-old boy － except for his looks. Auggie has Treacher Collins syndrome, which affects the development of bones and other tissues in the face.
The looks of patients with this disorder often scare others. Chbosky, 48, realized that we tend to stare at people with "different" appearances. But once he started this project, he learned one thing: "Once there is respect, then it's hard to mistreat someone."
Auggie's mother Isabel (Julia Roberts) encourages her homeschooled son to attend school from the fifth grade. Tremblay's performance is extraordinary, and leaves the impression that Auggie is a real person.
"I think Jacob Tremblay is a once-in-a-generation talent. I can't imagine anybody else playing Auggie," Chbosky said, praising the 11-year-old Canadian actor. He added that Tremblay and Auggie were the "perfect marriage of actor and character."
The story is divided into chapters which focus on the people surrounding Auggie, such as his older sister Via, and this gives the film more depth. Chbosky, who is known for the movie adaptation of his novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," co-wrote the script for "Wonder." He said R.J. Palacio's 2012 book was so beautiful, that all he did was help people to understand all of the characters better, and it automatically turned out well.
According to Chbosky, the movie's message is to choose kindness, because "it is, through that almost revolutionary act, that we can change a life." (Story by Koshiba Risa)
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