Luis' Review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Every once in a while there comes a movie that captures your attention. Captures your imagination and most importantly captures the inner film fan in you. That happened to me while watching THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. I knew its a film based on a popular book, so popular that I hadn't even heard of it until I saw the film. When I sat down I said "here's another one of these movies based on a teen book" I wasn't really thrilled, I thought it was a chick flick to tell you the truth but once I started watching and paying attention to the plot and the characters that's when I began noticing that this isn't JUST another one of those "movies from a book" It's actually a well made, very well acted film about a loner freshman with a secret named Charlie (played by the gifted Logan Lerman who played Christian Bale's son in the 3:10 TO YUMA remake) trying to fit in, trying to find meaning to his life and along the way trying to make some new friends. He does discover some new friends alright, some cool and hip friends named Sam (Emma Watson post HARRY POTTER role) and Patrick (the quirky Ezra Miller)
Both of these friends bring some happiness and meaning to Charlie's loner life and he loves every single minute of it. There are some rough little steps to their friendship, but it is quickly forgotten when Charlie helps Patrick in a tense situation at school. The movie brisks by at 1 hr and 45 minutes but it never bores and there's never a dull moment, you want to watch what happens to Charlie because he is brought to life with such passion and sadness by Logan Lerman that you forget he's an actor playing a character, he is just Charlie. He has these weird nervous looks to him sometimes, especially when he's talking to Sam it makes you feel sorry for the guy. This being a teen film (well, teen but the actors are in their 20s) it feels much more real than that and DOESN'T feel like a teen film at all. It's very well made and I really enjoyed the plot and the minor sub plots and the performances by all three main actors. When the secret that Charlie hides comes out, it's a "damn" moment for sure that you didn't see coming.
I was into the movie so much that everything good that happened to Charlie, i rooted for, I was like YEAH, that's good! Good that he found friends! There's a very cool scene where Charlie, Sam and Patrick just finished having a good night partying and they're riding in their car and they stumbled upon a cool rock song that they all like BUT don't know the name of. I knew the name of the song and who sang it but that doesn't matter. What matters is that Sam does something magical that makes Charlie realize that he belongs in the group and that they are infinite.