The Wonder (2022)

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The Wonder (2022). The Wonder: Directed by Sebastián Lelio. With Niamh Algar, Florence Pugh, David Wilmot, Ruth Bradley. A tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

“A very interesting watch, for the patient viewer or for any fan of periode pieces, drama, or psychological themed movies. The movie is not fastpaced, but it suits its topic: the wasting away of a child supposed to be able to survive off of Godu0026#39;s sustenance only (read: without actually eating food). A miracle indeed, or is there more to it?u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe movie is incredibly well scripted and fleshed out. The way the topics are developed throughout the movie are very engaging and original. This is a special movie in the sense that it brings up topics other movies have done before, but never in this novel-like way. Even the unlikely or hard to believe elements arenu0026#39;t that much of a nuissance because it makes for a good story. It is slow, which is one of the reasons I would consider it more arthouse instead of a movie for larger audiences. The slow pace emphasizes how agonizing and painful some of the themes and events are.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe only thing that rubbed me the wrong way is there are a few short parts where the fourth wall is broken. In my opinion, it did not have a clear function and only reduced my ability to really immerse myself. Especially since it is a movie about 19th century Ireland, I would have preferred everything stuck to that. I donu0026#39;t mind fourth wall breaks in general, but here, it just kept me questioning for the first hour what itu0026#39;s purpose was. All of this is set during a period of time in Ireland when the Great famine was a problem. There was no need for a narrator. It was not a comedy. It did not add to the understanding of the plot. Even after finishing the film, I donu0026#39;t understand nor agree with the odd choice.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOther than that, the acting is very good, especially by the main character (Florence Pugh plays the nurse whou0026#39;s supposed to keep watch of the fasting girl). Some characters seem a bit instrumental, e.g. The parents of the fasting girl, though their motives are eluded at, hardly say anything throughout it all. The scenery and camerawork is very much like most aspects of the movie: professionally well done, a pleasure to watch and fitting to the plot.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIn short, it has a couple of downsides, but it is very much worth the watch and I imagine the right viewer will be very impressed by u0026quot;The Wonderu0026quot;.”


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