Movie Review: The Perks of Being A Wallflower (DVD)
Charlie (played by Logan Lerman) is a high school freshman living on the sidelines of life due to a traumatizing past involving his Aunt Helen and the suicide of his best friend Michael. He wants things to change, but he is extremely shy. Then, he meets two seniors: named Sam (played by Emma Watson) and Patrick (played by Ezra Miller). Together, they show him the ups, downs, and infiniteness of living.
First and foremost, Stephen Chbosky did an excellent job translating his own book into a film as the director and screenwriter. There were certain scenes like the homecoming dance and the tunnel drive that did a good job portraying the friendship between the characters. Also, the edgy content (i.e. homosexuality, death, and sexual abuse) was handled very well. It was placed in the film in a way that was subtle , honest, and surprising to viewers who have not read the book before seeing the film.
Besides the directing, some of the acting deserves praise. Logan Lerman did a beautiful job portraying Charlie. He said certain lines with good timing and emotion; his best scene is near the end of the film (will not say the exact scene to avoid spoilers). Also, Ezra Miller is hilarious and raw as Patrick. A favorite line he says is, “These presents are so gay, I think I must have given them to myself!” Furthermore, his character is very poignant during a scene that erupts at school.
Emma Watson was the weak link in the group. She was neither good nor bad. but she seemed to be trying very hard to act American in this film.
In addition to the directing and acting, the way music was used in the film was touching. The soundtrack seems to match the “Island of Misfit Toys” that Charlie and his new friends form. By choosing music that most people today may not know, it makes the characters and certain moments they share memorable and unique. A personal favorite moment is with what is known as “The Tunnel Song” (i.e. “Heroes” by David Bowie), which serves as a good empowerment anthem for Charlie, Patrick, and Sam.
To sum it up, this is the most beautiful contemporary teen film I’ve ever seen. I recommend it to anyone who is or was young and anyone who is hoping for something better in life.
My favorite scene from the film “The Tunnel Song”