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|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 109 Min|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Languages:||German, English (Dolby Digital 7.1)|
|Picture format:||16:9 (2.40:1)|
|Bonus:||Audio commentary, Making of, Featurettes, Trailer|
Film: 10-year-old August "Auggie" Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) is clever, funny and good-natured, has loving parents (Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson) and a sister Via (Izabela Vidovic) with whom he can walk through thick and thin. Sounds like the perfect childhood? Not for Auggie, because his face is completely disfigured by a rare genetic defect. So far he was taught at home, outside he only dares to hide under his astronaut helmet. But that is supposed to change now, because the boy should finally lead a completely normal life and get to know other children. Although he is afraid, Auggie is persuaded to go to an ordinary school class - without an astronaut's helmet. But first he remains an outsider at school, who is constantly gaped at. But then he makes his first friendships - but will these also last in everyday life?
The film version of R. J. Palacios' celebrated debut novel "Miracle" is itself a small miracle. The touching plea for courage, tolerance and friendship was able to raise over 300 million dollars worldwide on a relatively small budget and attracted over 1 million viewers to cinemas in Germany alone. Of course, the staging is highly manipulative and presses on the tear gland wherever possible. But somehow the whole thing works very well. The film is simply beautiful and gives its audience a wonderful feeling of happiness. Especially by Jacob Tremblay ("Raum"), but also by the other young actresses and actors, as well as by the professionals Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson very well played, the film with quiet humor interspersed convinces especially on a dramaturgical level.
Because the story isn't just told from Auggie's point of view. Rather, the narrative perspective changes again and again. Sometimes it is the little boy who shares his fears, hopes and joys with the audience, then it is his sister Via who is allowed to tell how she deals with the fact that all her parents' attention is focused on her brother. Then it is Via's once best friend, who was just superficial, who reveals why she has changed so much. And also Jack, Auggie's first real friend, gets his own narrative thread.
Thanks to the fact that the events are told from different perspectives, the characters can be depicted in a much more complex way than at first sight, which the film absolutely wins from on an emotional level. Sure, it's often pretty thick. And especially towards the end, everything is already being looked at through rose-tinted glasses, which suggest that everyone - especially all children - is actually good and tolerant, open-minded people in their hearts. Well, what would it be nice if that were really the case? But that's the way it should be in the cinema - after all, "Miracle" is not a documentary, but a very, very beautiful fairy tale that wants to give its viewers a beautiful message on their way: It's always worth looking behind the façade.
Whoever can overlook a little kitsch and permanent pressure on the tear gland and simply wants to get a nice story told, which provides for a pleasant feeling in the heart area, can more than be recommended this "miracle". Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + sound: The DVD presents the film in good picture and sound quality. The visual implementation convinces with a good overall sharpness and a captivating colouring, which is kept in very warm tones. Even smaller details come into their own in many scenes thanks to the high overall sharpness. All in all, the whole thing is rather reserved, which also applies to the sound, which presents a very authentic sound backdrop with powerfully mixed dialogues, but uses the surround channels only very discreetly. That's very coherent, but for such a story it's also appropriately unspectacular. Good.
Extras: For an audio commentary director Stephen Chbosky, himself a successful youth author, has teamed up with author R. J. Palacios. Chbosky, who had previously adapted his own novel "Perhaps Better Tomorrow" for the cinema, talks to Palacios about the story, the changes made to the film version and of course about the actors and the shooting. In addition to the commentary, the DVD also has a few video extras to offer.
Losely it goes with a short promo featurette "Wonderful resolutions" (approx. 2 min.), followed by another one about the children in the film (approx. 13 min.). But the core is a proper Making of (approx. 33 min.). The most interesting aspect here is certainly the part about the elaborate transformation of Jacob Tremblay into Auggy and the difficulties that a small growth spurt of the young actor caused during the shooting. Worth seeing!
Fazit: "Miracle" is kitschy and manipulative - but also simply heart-rendingly beautiful. In Germany alone, more than 1 million cinema-goers were moved to tears by the bestselling film. The DVD convinces not only with a good audiovisual realization, but also with a worth seeing Making of. That's what it's all about: absolutely recommended!
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