The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Writer: Stephen Chbosky
Based on: his novel
Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Johnny Simmons, Nicholas Braun, Mae Whitman, Julia Garner, Paul Rudd, Melanie Lynskey, Joan Cusack

Charlie (Logan Lerman) writes anonymous letters to somebody he doesn’t actually know. He writes about returning to high school after his best friend killed himself the year before. He writes about the books he reads and the special support he gets from his English teacher (Paul Rudd). He writes about his Aunt Helen (Melanie Lynskey) who died. He writes about his sister (Nina Dobrev) and her boyfriend (Nicholas Braun). And when he meets Sam (Emma Watson) and her step-brother Patrick (Ezra Miller) he writes about them, their relationships and how through their friendship he slowly starts living his own life.

After I fell in love with the book so surprisingly but oh so deeply, I have to admit that the movie is not quite as good as that. But it is an excellent piece of work that I did enjoy a whole lot.

The biggest difference between the book and the film is that the book is just a little more complex and layered (as books as opposed to a short feature film tend to be). But even though the whole thing has been simplified and a little hollywoodified, too, it remains an engaging and funny film that I can find little fault with.

Though the story was toned down a little bit, it still works very well. It’s affecting, touching and well-told. Even if I was a little suprised and irritated by the (to me sudden) appearance of religion. At least it’s only a sidenote that I could mostly ignore.

The cast was really good. Ezra Miller unsurprisingly so (my respect for him only grows; as does his sexiness – especially now that I’ve seen him as Frank-N-Furter), Logan Lerman surprisingly so. The only one who didn’t quite live up the expectations was Emma Watson. She lacks subtlety – sometimes I just wanted to grab her face and keep it still.

But in the end it all came together beautifully and I just loved the hell out of this film. There could have been more of it.

Summarising: Pretty damn great.

3 thoughts on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

  1. Can’t agree with you on Emma Watson. I found her very talented even when she started out in the Harry Potter movies (she’s by far the best thing about philosopher’s stone), and really liked her here too. The movie itself is incredibly charming and uplifting, and perfectly captures that sense of “everything is possible” and “we got all the time in the world”-feeling of youth. IMHO, the best coming-of-age movie in years.

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