This past weekend we took our two children, ages 5 and 9 to see Wonder Park. The previews looked super cute, and it also had a great cast — Jennifer Gardner and Mila Kunis. In short, the movie looked to be an enchanting story about a little girl, animals, and an amusement park! Sounds fun, right?! I thought so, too! Read on to get a moms perspective of what I thought in my Wonder Park parent Review.
WONDER PARK SYNOPSIS:
June, an optimistic, imaginative girl, discovers an incredible amusement park called Wonderland hidden in the woods. The park is full of fantastical rides and talking, funny animals – only the park is in disarray. June soon discovers the park came from her imagination and she’s the only one who can fix it, so she bands together with the animals to save this magical place and bring back the wonder in Wonderland.
WONDER PARK PARENT REVIEW
You can’t help but fall in love with the films main character, June. She’s a whimsical, imaginative little girl, who is actually going through some big things. Now I’m not usually one to post spoilers, but I feel this theme in Wonder Park is important to give parents a heads-up. June’s mom has to leave for awhile because she is “sick.” We never find out exactly what that means, but I’m 99% sure June’s mother has cancer. I can understand this upsetting some children, and maybe even some parents if they are not forewarned. With that being said, I think this is an AMAZING film for a child who is literally going through something similar like June. It shows emotion that children can relate to.
Big Spoiler ahead…
I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you that June’s mother ends up being OKAY! This movie has a happy ending, so don’t be afraid of that!
Is Wonder Park Kid-Friendly?
Okay. I know I just told you this film deals with a very heavy theme. BUT, that is really just a small part of this movie. It’s really so much more. Wonder Park is rated PG, and while we might assume movies rated PG are safe for kids, unfortunately, that is not always the case. I am happy to tell you that Wonder Park doesn’t have any foul language, and is a very light, uplifting film. There is some action, but nothing overly violent. Wonder Park really focuses heavily on the power of our imagination, and I really love that!
The main message in Wonder Park is that “light is stronger than darkness.” This really reminded me of this film. There were a few similarities, the biggest being the clouds overhead which were referred to as “the darkness.” Although June is struggling and having a hard time in life, she has to remember that darkness is around us, we just need to be the light inside of the darkness. It’s definitely a great message for our children to hear. Light is stronger than darkness.
Wonder Park is suitable for all ages. Both my 5 and 9 year old boys thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s also only 1 hour 26 minutes, which is the perfect time frame for the little ones.