We watched Wonder last night.
It was very moving, of course.
I teared up at times during the movie that I didn’t expect. As a parent, this happens a lot while watching movies.
I won’t give away the ending, but I felt that it didn’t land as poignantly as it could have. The ending scene makes sense and its a good way to wrap up the story, however, there is one thing the producers could have done to give it more oomph.
The scene seemed to come out of nowhere. If there had been hints or an expectation of what would happen at the end of a school year and how it could never happen to the main character, then maybe it wouldn’t have felt forced.
Maybe the book does this better. (I haven’t read it yet.)
As a writer, just remember to set up the ending and convince the audience how unlikely it is for the character to achieve specific scene at the end of the sotry.