The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review
A beautiful rendition of a beautiful book.
When The Perks of Being a Wallflower hit shelves in 1999 published under MTV, it flew off shelves for its accurate portrayal of a teen entering the harsh social lifestyles of a high-schooler.
I’m happy to say that the film adaptation took the original story, and by some celestial power, managed to improve upon nearly everything that was already amazing about the original.
Perks stars Percy Jackson’s Logan Lerman as the film’s complicated lead Charlie. In starting his Freshman year of high school, Charlie is nervous about making friends, but is fortunately picked up by seniors Sam, played by Harry Potter’s “Hermione” Emma Watson, and her step-brother Patrick, portrayed by Ezra Miller.
The adventures that the three go on are groundbreaking in their accuracy to how teens truly interact, and in the symbolism jam packed into nearly every spoken line. Major credit is due to author and screenwriter Stephen Chbosky for creating and adapting such wonderful, rich characters.
Besides the extremely intelligent script, Lerman and Watson had a lot to offer in terms of talent and clarity. Watson seemed to struggle with certain vowels in her newfound American accent. However, I only caught it every once in a while, and I can easily attribute that to me knowing her pattern of speech so well by now.
The mood for an early 90s high school scene was believable, in that almost every other scene had a blatant reminder in form of either a techno-pop song or Rocky Horror Picture Show performance.
There’s not much more to say about this film that wouldn’t ruin the wonderful experience of discovering who Charlie is as he does so himself. This film is true cinematic art at its finest.
*****/***** (five stars out of five stars)
Rated PG-13: for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight – all involving teens
Original Release date: October 12th 2012
Running Time: 103 minutes (1 hour and 43 minutes)