We really didn’t expect the Nazi touch in this Wonder spin-off trailer
Okay, quick show of hands: who rememberss 2017 Wonder? sweet little movie, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay? The kid has facial abnormalities, the kid overcomes societal prejudice, the kid is declared a “wonder”, are you okay?
Okay, now, by a show of hands: who watched this movie and said to themselves, “Damn, there’s only not enough nazis in this thing?
That’s the question that apparently fuels the new trailer for White Bird: A Wonderful Storya film that presents itself as a prequel/spin-off of the original Wonder– except now the camera is next bully Julian (Bryce Gheisar, who is, as far as we know, literally the only person returning from the first movie) as his grandmother Helen Mirren attempts to break him out of his cruelest ways by… talking about her experiences as a young Jewish girl in the Holocaust.
To be fair, director Marc Forster (Quantum of Comfort) and screenwriter Mark Bomback are kind of following in the footsteps of Wonder author RJ Palacio, who expanded the world of his bestselling 2012 novel Wonder with a short story collection that introduced a number of Wonder-adjacent characters, including Julian’s grandmother, before developing her story in the graphic novel white bird. But Palacio can’t be blamed for the decision to fill this new movie’s trailer with a bunch of clips from the old movie, apparently. for you to say “Oh yeah, Wonder!” before suddenly writhing deposit on a thick layer of anti-Semitism on the part of Hitler Youth.
For what it’s worth, white bird looks like a perfectly sweet film of its kind, with Young Grandma falling in love with a boy who is discriminated against because of his disability. That’s just it lurch it fucks us up; it’s not like Wonder has such massive name recognition that anyone is going to go to these things hoping for a random appearance from Mandy Patinkin, right? Can someone explain this marketing to us?
In any event: White Bird: A Wonderful Story is set to arrive in theaters on October 14.