“A tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.” -IMDb
Oooooooof. I’m wracking my brain trying to think of what would help you get through this incredibly bleak film, a film about a young girl who has mysteriously survived 40 days without eating in 1860s Ireland and her community’s attempts to prove/disprove this feat as a miracle. I mean if that hasn’t already sold you….
Okay, let’s give this a try….
1. Remember, Florence Pugh is a powerhouse. I think she’s this generation’s Kate Winslet because she continually transforms in each of her roles. This one is no exception. As with Don’t Worry Darling, she excels when it comes to playing horror, repulsion, and incredible determination to go up against the the status quo.
2. It’s sort of a horror without being a horror. It’s a psychological thriller that always feels like it’s teetering on the edge of horror. Luckily, for people (wimps) like myself, it never completely makes that leap, but definitely keeps the audience on the edge of our seats by ramping up the suspense throughout.
3. It’s thoughtful. I mean, those thoughts are depressing as fuck, but it is thoughtful and demands that they audience ask questions of themselves while watching.
4. Try to stay to the end, there’s a chance it might just pay off.
5. Ummm…Ireland is pretty?!
So, if you’re looking to have a morose movie day, The Wonder is worth a (one time) watch. But if you’d prefer to stave off the darkness, maybe shelve this one for while.
Rating: 7 out 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also watch: Disobedience, Dancing at Lughnasa
With: Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Kila Lord Cassidy
Directed By: Sebastian Lelio