This film succeeds as both psychological dramatization and love letter to a vindicated artist and his path to channeling musical greatness.
The movie’s musical awareness manifests when class is in session, describing how one person’s music can inspire you to make your own.
In this movie, music is the tool of the filmmaker—framing the plot, revealing the characters, and acting as an artistic catalyst for efficient audio/visual storytelling.
The film pays tribute to a visionary writer whose legacy, though not widely known, is universally felt.
With a deeper narrative than it’s often given credit for, this film reminds us of the beauty (and sacrifices) at every stage of the path to success.
A chance to spend 105 minutes living inside of a song, punctuated by depth, humanity, and a reminder to always ensure that your contract includes royalties.
This film honors every genre equally, heartwarmingly concerned with each performer growing into the best version of themselves no matter the prize.
For as long as it lasts, the viewer’s experience with The Wonders is appropriately balanced in its humor, nostalgia, and heartwarming missteps.
At the end of the day, this movie’s philosophy is that it’s not about the fame, the accolades, the money, or the after-party—it’s about the music.