To say that I fell in love with this movie is an understatement. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a diamond in the rough and manages to put into words what it’s truly like finding a place to belong.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd, Joan Cusack
Premise: Charlie is a kid with an incredibly troubled past. He’s starting high school with the pressure from his parents to make new friends and fit in, but Charlie isn’t having much luck. He’s a quiet, smart kid which in high school is interpreted as weird and a loser. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is Charlie’s story of how he maneuvered through the high’s and lows of his first year of high school. He befriends a quirky group of seniors and learns about love and heartbreak and ultimate friendships.
My Review: This day in age, it’s cool to be uncool. People choose to dress quirky, be “different”, be an outcast, be a hipster, be nerdy, just like everyone else. But there’s a big difference between choosing to be an outcast and actually being an outcast. Being an outcast is painful both physically and emotionally and what frustrates me is that movies or shows glamorize the pain as something cool. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a movie about what it’s truly like to being an outsider trying to find a place to belong.
I don’t think I’ve ever let a movie affect me so deeply. And that has to do with the perfect performances of Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson. Logan Lerman is a good-looking kid so it’s hard to believe someone so adorable could be seen as an outcast, but Lerman plays Charlie with just the right amount of insecurity and shyness. Charlie is adorable, but highly flawed. He wears his heart on his sleeve and it’s these facts that sets the movie in reality instead of nostalgia. Emma Watson was as lovely as ever, playing Sam with this effervescent glow. It was nice to see her in a different role than Hermonie. Watson was somehow the mysterious beautiful girl just out of reach and the girl next door all at the same time. But the real stand-out to this movie was Ezra Miller who played Patrick. I am convinced that if Patrick were real he and I would be best friends. Patrick is a spirited gay high school student with a closeted popular boyfriend. He hides his insecurity and sorrow behind his eccentricities and the attitude that everything is okay. He really is a marvel to watch and his pitch-perfect performance is a constant scene stealer.
For any person who has struggled for a place to belong, this movie will hit home. It will affect each person differently depending on your experiences. And for some people (me) you’ll find it hard to hold yourself together throughout the movie, just as the characters do. The movie was utterly relatable. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is an instant classic, putting all the flashy tricks and gadgets away for spectacular performances and chemistry between the cast. And depending on your experiences growing up this movie will hit hard with the pains of growing up. This is a must-see movie.
Rating: 4 ½ (out of 5)