The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews
A novel adaptation about growing up and just how awful things can get sometimes, but it's real, and it's what everyone has to deal with. As we watch a real and meaningful plethora of friendships grow, Charlie will live an unforgettable few months as he tries to make his way in a world of misfits.
This is a heart felt and emotionally smart film that I think most, if not everyone will be able to relate to in some way, teenagers especially .There's so many things that makes this film amazing, and it shows you that things do get better. It doesn't do it in a cheesy way, nor does it seem forced or fake, but I can imagine that more than a handful of people have experienced something similar at some point in their life. This is an inspiring film that feels genuine, and I recommend it to everyone.
The actors in here are the things that carry this movie to the top. Logan Lerman is spectacular in every way, and although he'll receive much praise for this performance, I still think people will overlook him. He was able to subtlety bring out the emotions of his character, making everything feel so real and relatable. Emma Watson, hell, she put on a great performance too. Going down the list, from Ezra Miller, to Paul Rudd, everyone had purpose in this film, and I absolutely loved it. Everyone played their parts perfectly, and they deserve much praise for giving their all into making something so impactful.
Like I said, this movie just feels so real in many ways, and its teenagers+ audience will find plenty to relate to in this movie. Nearly every event in this movie feels very real, with few being over exaggerated. I felt that some of the awkward bullying in high school was over exaggerated, or not a present day problem, but overall, a lot of this stuff are things that a lot of us have to deal with. I was the kid who broke down in isolation, I was the kid who made best friends with the upper class men, and I'll be the kid who has to watch them go off to college. This movie will make you cherish those around you, and let's you know that things will get better.
The message this movie relays is so heartfelt, and I think it's a really important message. There are a few things in here, whether it's from love, or to grief, and it's impactful because it's real. We have to take in all of these horrible life events all at the same time, and it takes a toll on you. Over time, you see these horrors take over each character in different ways, and by showing the journey that they have to take, it helps you figure out how to deal with your own problems, or it at least shows you that things won't always be this bad.
The screenplay was my favorite part of the movie, as Stephen Chbosky does an excellent job with subtlety, realism, emotions, simple humor, and humans. He digs deep into the human mind, picking apart every little thing that makes these characters human, and he's able to do it in a beautiful way. When you're supposed to feel pain, you can see it in the character's eyes. When you're supposed to feel happy, you can see it on the character's face. I can't wait to watch more films by this director, as I send my praise to him also.
In the end, in one of 2012's most relatable films, I can't find a reason to say why it's not good. It's excellent, and I can't wait to show others, because this is a film that's important in its own way.
It's a really sweet, charming tale of a loner boy coming of age while being taken under the wing of a pair of older teens who let him into their little circle of outcasts.
It's really great stuff, and comes highly recommended.
While Emma's American accent is impressive considering her history as a British-accented teenage witch for most of her career, it wasn't perfect and I would have been fine with a British Sam rather than the distraction of occasional awkward pronunciation. I'm nitpicking, though. I prefer the book over the movie, but I think the movie stands on its own as a powerful deliverer of the same themes. Watch if you have a chance and especially if you are trying to find your place, even after your high school days become increasingly distant memories.