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Netflix viewers are calling new psychological thriller 'the best movie of the year'

Joe Harker

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Netflix viewers are calling new psychological thriller 'the best movie of the year'

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Netflix viewers reckon the best movie of 2022 is right there on the streaming service and it's got Florence Pugh in the lead role as an added bonus.

This movie is psychological thriller The Wonder, a period drama which only got a limited release in cinemas but is widely available to watch as long as you've got a Netflix subscription.

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The Wonder stars Florence Pugh as Elizabeth 'Lib' Wright, an English nurse who is sent to an Irish village to see Anna (Kíla Lord Cassidy), a girl who hasn't eaten anything for months but has managed not to starve, or at least her family says so.

Tasked with watching over the girl, who claims she is sustained by 'manna from heaven', and reporting back on her apparently divine providence, Lib has to get to the bottom of the mystery.

She has to contend with Sister Michael (Josie Walker), who has also been ordered to watch over the girl, the local community who would prefer to believe in a miracle even if it's untrue, and with the anti-English sentiment in Ireland following the devastation of the Irish Potato Famine.

Florence Pugh, Tom Burke and Kíla Lord Cassidy in The Wonder. Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo
Florence Pugh, Tom Burke and Kíla Lord Cassidy in The Wonder. Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

It's an adaptation of a bestselling novel of the same name penned by Emma Donoghue, who also wrote Room.

People who've seen the film have been singing its praises on social media, with one person calling it 'the best movie I've seen on Netflix in a long, long time'.

Another said it could be 'the best movie I have watched this year', while someone else said Pugh's 'choices in films RULE' and praised her 'exceptional performance'.

The movie was also a hit with critics too, as Rotten Tomatoes currently has it on 87 percent approval and describes the film as a 'fascinating' watch elevated by 'Florence Pugh's remarkable performance'.

Florence Pugh with The Wonder director Sebastian Lelio. Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo
Florence Pugh with The Wonder director Sebastian Lelio. Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

Not everyone was so enthusiastic about it, with one viewer giving it a '6/10' and rating it the '83rd best movie of the year' out of the 102 they'd seen, which doesn't exactly sound like a rave review.

Another said they liked the movie but criticised Netflix as they felt the streaming service 'did not give The Wonder full-bodied support'.

Someone else said the film 'definitely won't be for everyone' but recommended it for people who were big fans of Pugh, and let's face it if you're not a Florence Pugh fan, then what are you doing?

The Wonder is available to watch now on Netflix.

Topics: TV And Film, Netflix

Joe Harker
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