The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews
March 3, 2015
Perks of being a wallflower is is not your typical high school movie, it is more dark. This movie puts a different spin on your high-school stereotypes, infact it gives a clearer understanding of high-school better than any other high school movie I have seen.
March 2, 2015
Emotionally stirring and socially aware, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a fantastic mixture of humor, wit and drama that will make you feel infinite.
March 1, 2015
Absolutely LOVED the movie! Really good acting. Loved the story. Made me read the book, also really loved the book. One of my favorite movies
February 15, 2014
Interesting movie about the issues that these high school kids have to deal with and how they support one another to get through them.
February 26, 2015
Que filme bem feito. Simples, trilha sonora foda. Bonito, emocionante.
Já é um dos meu favoritos de todo o sempre.
February 20, 2015
It is a sweet movie. It truly does make you care about these characters.
February 17, 2015
As thought-provoking as it is earnest, The Perks of Being a Wallflower helps to brings a new generation of strong leading actors into the forefront of modern day hollywood.
December 28, 2012
Great high school drama
February 5, 2015
As heartwarming and "feel good" as the story was, it was utterly predictable and poorly acted. It was a typical high school drama that, as many book to movie translations can be, was over hyped.
February 1, 2015
A geniunely performed flick about teens in search for identity.
January 30, 2015
Whenever a teen movie proclaims to be real and emotional or in any way authentic, I immediately have my doubts. It very rarely goes well and there are far more cases of the film coming off as weak and childish than there are cases for the other side. Perks of Being a Wallflower, happily, is a win for the latter as it achieves that elusive goal; a teen movie with an adult's brain.
Stephen Chbosky has adapted his own book for the screenplay and this is easily the film's biggest strength. Chbosky's understanding of his own material and instinctive understanding of how to show the most he can while saying as little as possible works wonders in making the characters come to life. The story is a slight one, a boy-meets-girl story when it really comes down to it, but Chbosky weaves in themes of death, prejudice and child molestation throughout the film. While this makes the film more complex and thus a lot more interesting to watch, it also has a tendency to overcomplicate things somewhat. In spite of this, Chbosky is able to create a real and interesting matrix of characters who are each different without seeming like that's their only purpose. And in his two lead characters he has constructed something of a marvel. Charlie is withdrawn and scared; a social outcast who would rather blend into the rest of the class than answer a teacher's question or imagine his last day of school to get through each day of his freshman year. He is an enigma when we meet him and he'd like to stay that way. Before he meets Sam. Sam's effervescence forces Charlie out of his shell; a place he's not used to but somewhere he wants to be if it gets him closer to Sam. In one beautiful scene, Charlie takes to the dance floor, forcing one foot to land in front of the other on his way, drawn almost supernaturally out of the comfort of the shadows towards Sam. It's a scene which will resonate with anyone who's ever felt out of place in lights and music and pulsing crowds and it's written with brilliant restraint by Chbosky. The relationship between these two characters is compellingly written and heartbreakingly beautiful at times. Chbosky spends time on his supporting characters as well, with an awkward and frustrating sub-plot between Charlie and punk/Buddhist Mary-Elizabeth and a story of love and rejection with the flamboyant Patrick and his lover-in-denial Brad. These characters could easily crowd out or overshadow the central pair but Chbosky's refusal of cliché and ability to find real emotion within teenage dialogue means that we can't wait to get back to Sam and Charlie's slow, painfully realised relationship. Making the transition from book to screenplay can be difficult, especially if the book's author is unwilling to ruthlessly cut his work down to size, but Stephen Chbosky manages with ease, incorporating most of the book's story as well as leaving time for characters and scenes to breathe.
He fares less well with his direction. It's not that there's anything particularly wrong with how Chbosky points a camera, but the occasionally clumsy shot and almost complete lack of dynamic means that the camerawork is mostly stagnant throughout. While the script more than makes up for this, a good DP and some clever camerawork would go a long in taking this film from good to great.
Perks has a fantastic soundtrack, with songs from David Bowie to Crowded House as well as The Smiths, apparently a romantic-comedy must have since (500) Days of Summer set the trend in 2008.
The script and soundtrack are not the only good points to the film and the last comes through the performances. Logan Lerman plays Charlie with just the right mix of unease and naiveté without milking it, steering his character clear of becoming a stereotype. He struggles a little in more overtly emotive moments but he shines in the little things, subtleties and nuance which he uses to make his character a real human being instead of a person on a screen. It's a great performance which easily carries most of the film's plot. But it's Emma Watson who's given the chance to shine here. With Hermione's ghost still looming over her, Watson breaks free completely from her former role which could have easily overshadowed the rest of her career. She is fantastic as Sam; completely desirable and incredibly cool, it's easy to see why Charlie is so instantly smitten with her. But beyond the initial attraction, Watson manages to imbue her character with wonderful depths of emotion which make her character shine all the more. While these parts of her personality can mostly be attributed to Cbosky's script, Watson's ability to encapsulate all of these traits so completely shows just what a powerhouse this star can be in future, more challenging roles. Ezra Miller's "queer as a three dollar bill," Patrick is another character which could so easily have slipped into cliché or patronisation but instead is complex, enthusiastic and the film's comedic hub. Miller is fantastic as his ostentatious counterpart, completely dominating the screen any time he's on it. Scott Pilgrim alumni Mae Whitman and Johnny Simmons do well in their roles as punk, Buddhist mash-up Mary-Elizabeth and jock-with-a-secret Brad respectively. Whitman's role is a little more prevalent thanks to a short-lived but hilariously awkward sub-plot and she does well as Chbosky's version of Overly Attached Girlfriend. Nina Dobrev has a small and mostly forgettable role as Charlie's sister after a spousal abuse sub-plot is brought in and then just as quickly forgotten, really the only character to not get a fair go from Chbosky's script. Charlie's parents have almost as small a role in proceedings despite being played by relative heavyweights Dylan McDermott and Kate Walsh. They both do well with what little they're given. Paul Rudd has a small but enjoyable role as Charlie's favourite teacher, Mr. Anderson. Rudd's charms are as affecting as ever and he adds a welcome dash of adulthood to the proceedings.
But the reason that this movie works is the way Stephen Chbosky brings these characters together to create one of the smartest, funniest and emotionally affecting teen films in years. Rather than talking down to the target audience, Chbosky credits his viewers with a level of intelligence not found in the more mindless of the masses. This may not impress the Twilight crowd for instance and people who saw Harry Potter for the effects who are just following Hermione may not come out of the theatre as impressed, but those looking for a smartly written, occasionally touching, brilliantly acted teen film will find everything they're looking for.
January 27, 2015
"High school is such a serious thing, these problems matter.."
January 26, 2015
Yet another film where 14-17 year-olds are super-sophisticated, talk like 35 year-old writers, are super-wealthy, and the adults are conveniently absent. Did John Hughes write/direct this?
January 26, 2015
Also one of my favorites! Did a project on this movie, loved it a lot! :)
January 26, 2015
Looks like just another teen coming of age drama, but it's actually a completely fresh reinvention of that. Besides, no one can complain about the book being better than the movie, because the author IS the director.
January 25, 2015
Great film of ordinary love and hope.
January 25, 2015
Dealing with the problems of approaching adulthood in high school, friendship, love and a whole bunch of themes more could make for a horribly dry or self-important film. This one has its pretentious moments that make you wonder if there ever were three friends with such a glamorous gang doing such "crazy" things. But overall it works, thanks to a script that is taking its characters and their problems seriously without forgetting the humor. It also helps that the young actors are excellent, even Lerman who was mostly really dull in other films. There are moments of genuine truth, catching the hopes, fears and opportunity of adolescence rather perfectly, and a pretty surprising twist towards the end, that thankfully doesn't ruin the film's ultimately optimistic attitude. Viewed at the right age this could be a long-time companion, much like the friends in the movie. Well done.
|A. R. Kirk||
January 20, 2015
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a group of males in there mid-20's enjoying this movie in each others company, occasionally shedding a tear in the knowledge that not one of them will ever be lucky enough to be graced by Emma Watson's presence, let alone marry her and live happily ever after.
This film is also brilliant and reminds you that being a teenager is harder than Sudoku.
July 22, 2014
Acting - 8.5
Writing - 9
Dialogue - 9.5
Plot & Characterization - 8
Cinematography & Editing - 8.5
Soundtrack/Score & Set Design - 9
How much I enjoyed it personally - 8.5
January 17, 2015
heartbreakingly delightful and poignant, led by an incredible set of performances from the stars. One you won't forget.