The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Film Review

I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I actually went to the cinema expecting to see a film called The Knot.  For some reason, the projection wouldn’t work so they cancelled that showing.  Lots of people left, indignant that they couldn’t see that film but I was pleasantly surprised by the gentle and sweet Wallflower story.

The Origins of The Film

The film is based on the book of the same name, which was published in 1999. It is about a shy and unpopular teenager called Charlie and his experience of his freshman year at High School.  He makes friends with two oddball senior students, who help him to come out of his shell and enjoy life.

As is the norm with this type of coming of age drama, there is a lot of angst and, well, drama from all corners.  Everyone has an issue or a problem that they have to either tackle, overcome or endure.  The main character, Charlie, played by the gorgeously understated Logan Lerman, suffers from blackouts, which are explained in a heartbreaking way near the end of the movie.

It was only when I looked up the details of this movie that I discovered that I had recently watched another film starring Logan Lerman. The film was on TV and called Gamer with the headline star being another gorgeous hunk, Gerald Butler.  That film was very brutal, set in a time where computer games have merged with reality so that people can actually pay to control other people, sort of a real life version of  The Sims.  Logan did a good job there too, but his acting chops weren’t really stretched that much.

Back to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this film also stars  Emma Watson, her from the Harry Potter films.  I think she did an amazing job and her character was really believable.  I will forgive the odd lapse in the American accent because watching her, I didn’t once think about her as Hermione or as a little girl.  I am happy to see that she will have a long and prosperous acting career post Harry P.

The other stand out performance in this film comes from Ezra Miller, who I had seen in the TV series Royal Pains but who was also in the title role of We Need To Talk about Kevin. He was fabulous, playing the highly strung effeminate outsider with a heart of gold, naturally.

The trio worked really well together and the additional storylines that were woven through the story also worked well.

Is This Worth Seeing?  If you are a fan of films similar to Garden State, with Scrubs actor Zach Braff, Now is Good, with Dakota Fanning or Juno, then you will definitely love this film.  It is a lovely, quiet, unassuming film that I am glad that I got to see it. Go see it at the cinema or watch for it to be released on DVD.

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