The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Running Time: 102 minutes
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Emma Watson, Mae Whitman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on a novel written by Stephen Chbosky, who also happens to be the director and scriptwriter for this film. It is a rare situation where the original author would end up directing the film, but I think it’s for the best. More on that later… The movie’s protagonist is a 15-year-old freshman, Charlie. After having gone through some tough times, with the death of his best friend, and his own struggling issues, he find himself nervous about starting high school, and trying to fit in with the environment and people. The introvert then meets two seniors, Sam and Patrick. It is then that he finally started to feel more at home, as he is introduced into a whole new world, or as Sam calls it, “Welcome to the island of misfit toys.”
The first thought I had when watching the film was how much I wished this was released during my high school years, it’s a masterpiece in its own way. I think it just reminds people their teenage years, or the years where they tried to fit in, while figuring out themselves, and what their future would be like. The cast was brilliantly put together, every actor did a fantastic job in their portrayal of the individual characters. I was surprised by Logan Lerman’s vulnerability in this film, and I just hope that he will take up more projects that would allow him to continue showing the world what an actor he could be. Emma Watson and Ezra Miller was equally up to par, they shone equally, which I guess what made the trio a great fit for the film.
The storyline of the film, as well as the way it was shot, reminded me of John Hughes’ Breakfast Club, and I mean it in the best way possible. One of the main differences is that this film is more of a darker and bolder version of the other. I guess that sort of explains why I was extremely drawn towards the film. It addresses issues such as the sense of belonging, understanding yourself, conformity, and so forth. The other thing that I want to note is the soundtrack of the film, a series of music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s is simply refreshing on such a film.
Overall, I think it is an amazing film, and probably lovers of Breakfast Club would like this film too.
Rating: 8 out of 10