The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews
December 22, 2014
It's very likely that you're going to cry at some point. Amazing movie !
December 21, 2014
There's something about movies and TV shows about high school that I am drawn to. It's such an interesting period in someone's life and I think whether you were popular in high school or not you can relate to the awkwardness and growing pains that movie and TV characters go through. That said, the best parts of this movie are the ones that deal with just that. Charlie trying to figure out his place, who his friends are, his feelings for Sam. Those scenes feel very familiar and are really effective. It doesn't hurt that Emma Watson is the female lead. While her American accent was a little distracting, she lightens up every scene that she's in. The scenes between her and Charlie at the Christmas party and after graduation very moving. Some of the structure with the flashbacks and the overarching story of child abuse didn't work for me as well. And I would have liked to have seen more about Charlie's relationship with his family. But overall I liked it a lot.
December 20, 2014
This is a great coming of age movie. I was completely surprised when I happened to catch this movie on cable. It is so freaking good. The direction, cinematography, soundtrack, and the acting of Lerman, Watson, and Miller was inspiring. While there are dark elements in this movie, I feel really good every time I watch this movie.
December 18, 2014
see hollywood? make interesting characters and you get good reviews. it's not rocket science.
December 13, 2014
This is a fine adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's novel, and part of that is because Stephen Chbosky himself directed this movie. However, that's not the only reason why.
The main reason why this movie works are the performances. Logan Lerman is phenomenal as Charlie, a high school freshman who's dealing with a lot of issues, which provide several of the film's comedic and heartbreaking moments. Emma Watson and Ezra Miller are also phenomenal as Sam and Patrick, a pair of seniors who happen to be stepsiblings and take him under their wing and make him part of their inner circle. Seeing them perform musical segments of The Rocky Horror Picture Show while the movie plays behind them is just magic!!
Watson's performance here shows she is more than just Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter films, and her American accent is quite nice. Ezra Miller also shows just how much great range he has, as his role here is the complete opposite of We Need To Talk About Kevin. And while I didn't necessarily go through the same things as a teenager that Charlie, Sam and Patrick go through, I do remember the whole stage of trying to find and be yourself, which is what this movie is aiming to be about. It succeeds magnificently. 10/10.
December 10, 2014
Audiences seem to often have a problem with the film adaptations of novels. Luckily, for most viewers The Perks of Being a Wallflower does not have that problem. The whole "Dear Friend, Love Always" letter format of the novel is beautifully used to narrate the film from Charlie's perspective. It is not over nor underdone, and its use makes the film stronger by allowing the audience into Charlie's mind. The insight is also executed through the skilful cinematography with crafty transitions and especially during the climax where Charlie breaks down. Here there are glitches on screen that allow the audience to feel the anxiety felt by Charlie during his meltdown. As for transitions, they are perfectly done between scenes and flashbacks. For example, the present time of Charlie's birthday candles being blown out is smoothly transitioned into a flashback of Aunt Helen explaining the use of luminaries on Christmas Eve. Of course cinematography would be nothing with the right cast of actors. Lerman's subtle, awkward gestures of lip biting or awkwardly striding is just enough to be realistic and sometimes makes the audience forget how attractive and charming he can be in real life. Although he did great, the true show stealer, Patrick, played by Ezra Miller, had it all: wit, humor, and drama. Miller executed Patrick's easy going, free spirited character with such ease, yet when it came to the more dramatic scenes, he also dominated. The novel was known for one of its most famous quotes: "We accept the love we think we deserve." Quotes like this and other details from the book are other things this movie does not lack. The original audience of the book holds these popular quotes dear to them and should be pleased to hear that none of them are missing. Although the quotes are executed well by each character, they are bombarded at the audience during the Charlie's first party scene. Even though it seems like a little much, it was probably hard to avoid since it is actually chronologically accurate. Film adaptations of books are usually a hit or miss, but this movie is a bull's-eye for the most part. Although the quotes are a little gaudy, with a combination of artistic cinematography, a successful cast choice, and keeping a firm grasp of the book, this film is bound to please audiences. Receiving 21 awards and 39 nominations, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a must see.
December 7, 2014
Beautifully captivating, this movie is both humorous and tragic, and hits both in all the right places. While Stephen Chbosky writes with raw emotion, he directs with as well. A true modern masterpiece.
December 5, 2014
Awesome movie <3.
November 28, 2014
A retrospective and heartfelt story with a great cast and stellar soundtrack to boot.
November 11, 2014
This 'romantic-comedy-drama' film of the year that managed many fans have a competent direction and a adorable script by Stephen Chbosky. Its actors defend their characters without fear and makes good performances. Sure it's no masterpiece, and is far from being the best ever made by the public ('The Breakfast Club' is the best, yet) but the film give butterflies in my stomach in your end, and is kept in mind for a long time.
Far from being necessary. But hard to throw away.
November 16, 2013
Awesome is too small... Great too, this film just makes you love your life.
November 2, 2014
Bittersweet, fun, and a wonderful ride.
November 1, 2014
I really enjoyed the performances from the actors. This was a great movie. i need to stop watching tear jerkers.
October 25, 2014
You can tell by the title that this movie is yet another film about misfit teenangers trying to get a hold of life. And while everyone is a misfit themselves, I think that this film is also relatable because it tells the story of a high school friendship tha tis so faithful it can either bring back memories or intensify the actual happennings. In a word, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is perky.
Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a freshman at High School with a turbulent past, and he is having a hard time to fit in. Luckily, he finds the oddest couple of friends: Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson). Together they will live the most exciting year of their lives, and luckily for us, we will be there to see it.
Throughout the movie we get small hints towards Charlie's past troubles, and although the reveal could be more effective, the movie still manages to tickle our heart strings by being purely human and understandable. The acting is a little bit stiff: Lerman is good, Watson could use some help though. Ezra Miller is just pure excellence. He is well into character all the time, and he also benefits from an equally riveting role.
The film tackles almost every "teen misfit" issue of the 21st Century: Homosexuality, domestic abuse, drugs, alcohol, etc. The scope may be large, but Stephen Chbosky, the writer of the book as well, in his directorial debut, manages to keep the storyline smooth at most times. You may feel you are sometimes seeing a showcase of troubled teenage lives, but as soon as the film realizes this, it gets back into knitting this characters into a satisfying, sweet, heartfelt conclussion.
This is a feel-good movie that has also some deep glimmers of tragedy, but is mostly a solid, quirky dramedy with lots of heart.
July 10, 2014
I definitely love this movie. Despite the sexual content and profanity of the book, it aimed a PG-13 rating in a good way. Profoundly moving and actually amazing. This movie gave me good goose bumps, I mean, the leading performances are WOW. Starting from Logan Lerman who portrays Charlie almost perfect, Emma Watson who portrays Sam's vulnerability in a non-cliche manner. And she's amazing. And also Ezra Miller, who played Patrick gracefully and confidently.
October 22, 2014
Can't believe I missed 2 years of not seeing this movie. Unexpectedly amazing. Unexpectedly so emotional. :')
October 19, 2014
I really enjoyed this movie and the actors for the characters were perfectly chosen.
January 8, 2014
Increiblemente emocionalmente profunda , muy bien actuada , con escenas que te llegan al corazón y un protagonista que tiene mi nombre y cumple en la misma época que yo , esta película es lo mejor que he visto hasta la fecha.
October 9, 2014
The best movie I've seen in 2012 and the best teen movie since The Breakfast Club. Wallflower is as flawlessly written, acted and filmed as movies can get.
November 29, 2012
Ezra Miller was amazing.