The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky, who also directed the film adaption. This is the story about a high school freshmen named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who writes a letter to an anonymous person about his freshmen year. How hard it was at first, trying to fit in. And how he meets and befriends a group of senior hipster misfits, like the homosexual Mick Jaggarish, Patrick (Ezra Miller) and his stepsister, Sam (Emma Watson) which Charlie falls in love with. But the fact that all of his best friends is going away in less than a year, including the love of his life, who's in a relationship with an older guy, but Sam has also told Charlie that she loves him. But what does Charlie don't have that everybody else have?
So, what makes this coming-of-age flick more special then the others? Well, it's a complex and heartwarming drama, which sometimes gets very dark. About how misfits became misfits in the first place. We know that there are dark secrets, but we don't know what the secrets are. We get inside Charlie's head and see flashback's of his aunt Helen (Melanie Lynskey) who died in a car accident, and still haunts Charlie's memories. You who'd have though that it was paradise being a misfits, with all their indie rock mix-tapes and Rocky Horror reenactments. But like everybody else, they are not perfect.
This is a movie that everyone can relate to. It got the right dark tone. And the right nineties soundtrack. The performances are great and so vivid, specially Emma Watson's performance, who's in her first major role since Harry Potter. And after watching her performance in Perks, I'm convinced that she gonna be just fine, unlike her two Harry Potter male colleagues. I really did enjoy this movie. It's a film full of three dimensional characters, that has a hard grip around our necks. But also allow us to breathe with some comic relief. Thumbs up.