John's Review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Consistently entertaining, some great performances, you can walk away with a message. It's all there. The message isn't anything we haven't heard before, but I guess this movie is a good reminder of it. It doesn't matter what we've been through, what matters is how we take our situation and carry on. Can't argue with that. The minor problem I had with that message is that the movie now has permission to throw every kind of dramatic, traumatic, depressing, embarrassing, etc. situation at us as long as the victimized characters find or begin to find some peace by the end. In a way, this execution works in that it can relate to many different people. On the other hand, this movie can now cheaply entertain us with one simple dramatic scene after the other and be respected because it has a point. I don't mean to overlook the characters, acting, and dialogue in this movie- because they're great overall- but, the baggage of all the characters did seem a bit too much. The situations this movie relies on to be captivating and interesting certainly are- but they're not always very creative. I'm not sure if that makes the movie easier to relate to, or if it makes the movie a tad lazy in the story department... or if I should just blame the book.