The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Posted: December 25, 2012 in Reviews
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Actors: Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd

Director: Stephen Chbosky


Charlie is a quiet boy who had his share of issues in the past.  He is about to start high school and is scared of having to go through that ordeal  alone, not making any friends. Though Charlie endures some of the classical high school harassment, he is lucky enough to meet a group of friends where he seems to fit right in, the wallflowers.  A bunch of teenagers, considered slightly different, just as Charlie considers himself.

Charlies closest friends are Patrick, a non-stereotype gay, beautifully portrayed by Ezra Miller. And his step-sister Sam, played by Emma Watson who proves to be so much more than an adolescent wizard ‘s sidekick. Charlie opens up under their wings, they encourage his writing talent, embrace him for who he is and eventually help him overcome his personal tragedies from the past. As does Charlie help them to deal with their problems. Every character in this movie has its own story and each of those stories gets told, without ever getting boring or overcomplicated. On the contrary, it is one of the things that makes this movie so great. The authenticity of every single character and how they interact is astounding. They are real people as you and I know them to be. That’s what makes this movie different and more genuine from any other high school movie I’ve seen before, although it basically covers the same issues as most of them  (friendship, love, acceptance, the search for one’s identity,…)

We forget about what it was like to be in high school. The intense moments we lived through with our friends, the sometimes painful search for ourselves. It is something most of us can relate to. This movie reminded me of things i thought i had long forgotten, and that’s why it is bound to become a high-school movie classic.


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