“The Wonder” is Wonderful

Women of all ages navigate the religious patriarchy

Jeff's Film & TV Reviews
5 min readNov 28, 2022
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Based upon a book with the same name by Emma Donoghue, an English nurse travels to the Irish Midlands in 1862 to observe an 11-year-old girl who hasn’t eaten for months.

Fourth Wall
The film immediately breaks the fourth wall which reduces the presumptive nature of people to side with specific groups or individuals. The film would rather push us towards empathizing with different perspectives than to have us make assumptions.

It is within this idea of story which carries us through the film. The narrator in the beginning states, “We are nothing without stories.”

In a scene with Nurse Wright (played by the powerhouse Florence Pugh) and Kitty O’Donnell (played by the enchanting Niamh Algar), the nurse is dismissive towards Kitty’s religion. As a response, Kitty points out that the nurse constantly writes notes in her own book, which is continuously growing and becoming her own bible.

Kitty then breaks the fourth wall by looking directly into the camera. The narrator then says, “Hello again. I told you we were nothing without stories.”

It is an affirmation that although the characters are observing the same scenario, but they are coming to different conclusions…