Writer: Stephen Chbosky (Screenplay and Novel)
Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Paul Rudd, Kate Walsh, Nina Dobrev
I really enjoyed The Perks of being a Wallflower, even if it was ridiculous at times. You'll find that it's a cut above the average rom-com, but very overrated. The major problem I had with the film was that none of it seemed real, the characters and the dialogue reeked phoniness. Stephen Chbosky just couldn't convince me that these are real people, which in the end led to a total disconnect from the characters. However, the acting, music, and cinematography were superb. When I look back at this film, I smile.
A freshman starting at high school, Charlie (Logan Lerman), has serious mental issues over the death of his Aunt and best friend. He gets bullied at school and doesn't fit in anywhere... until he meets two of the most 'adult' teenagers in the history of cinema. They are Patrick (Ezra Miller), and Sam (Emma Watson), brother and sister who belong to a group of misfit intellectuals and outcasts. They introduce Charlie to the group, make him one of them, and lead him on a journey to happiness and self-discovery.
|Once again, Ezra Miller astounds me.|
|Emma Watson finally breaks free from Harry Potter!|
It's unfortunate that the film didn't seem realistic. I just couldn't get past how fake everything was. The characters are supposed to be teenagers, yet they come across as an adult's impression of a teenager. Not to mention, I think most of the characters were pretty despicable human beings (with the exception of Mary-Elizabeth and Charlie). At one point, all of Charlie's friends abandoned him and wouldn't talk to him for weeks. I think that's just cruel, to outcast someone you've been so close to for months. Then Charlie does something good for them, so they let him back in the group. If you ask me, that makes them all pretty shallow.
So yeah, I liked the movie. It's one of the better 'young-adult' movies to come out in recent years. I wouldn't put it up there with the greatest, simply because the characters and story came across as phony. It's very well made and well acted, with a soundtrack that blew me away. Most people think Perks of Being a Wallflower is fantastic... I just think it's a very good movie.