Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Film Review

 12A cert, 102 min 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is written and directed by Stephen Chbosky and starring (Hogwarts’ finest) Emma Watson, Dylan McDermott, Ezra Miller (who played Kevin in We Need to Talk About Kevin), Kate Walsh, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief), Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd.

In this coming of age, teenage drama, narrator Charlie (Logan Lerman) is the shy 16 year old wallflower. Charlie is a smart yet broken boy starting out as a lonely and unpopular freshman, until he befriends Sam (Emma Watson) and her camp stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller). Charlie gets taken under the wing of Sam and Patrick, and is welcomed into the “island of misfit toys.” Charlie begins to feel a sense of belonging in his new friendship group, yet he cannot forget his past demons and battles with them throughout the film. The Perks of Being a Wallflower brings to the surface many overwhelming themes of child abuse, suicide, love and sex and homosexuality and deals with the underlying issues maturely and sensibly. The film as a whole is much darker than what you are led to believe in watching the trailer. It’s eccentric and funny, but at times it can be complex and emotional and will leave you in tears by the end of the film! So bring tissues!

While Charlie is the lead character, it is clear that witty Patrick grabs the attention of the viewer and steals the limelight. Emma Watson’s performance is convincing as an American high school student, and her American accent isn’t as bad I originally thought, although it does drop from time to time! The three leading actors, Lerman, Watson and Miller all give gripping and superb performances.

The opening scene is reminiscent of the film Atonement with the use of the typewriter and the language in the film is very similar to that of the famous American sitcom, Friends, including Chandlers epic one liners and the living room dance routine, which will have you in fits of laughter! While the film is a teen drama, there is something for everyone to enjoy, be it relating to the sad loneliness of Charlie, or the horrifying cliques of high school.

The film is a great adaptation to the epistolary novel, and for once the film does not disappoint!


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