Film Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the novel of the same name written by Stephen Chbosky, who amazingly also wrote the screenplay and directed the film adaptation.

I’d be hearing great things about this film from various people I knew, and I don’t think I would have watched it otherwise, but thankfully I have friends with good taste. Wallflower centres around shy, nervous Charlie (Logan Lerman) as he enters his first year of high school. His only friendly connection initially is his English teacher Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd), Charlie is slow to make friends but eventually comes across Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) at a football game and they hit it off.

The film as a whole isn’t a particularly original film by any means, its got elements of love, awkward adolescence moments, break-ups, a fight scene, a gay friend etc etc. It’s made really interesting by the dialogue though, it’s full of rich, thought-provoking almost philosophical sentences for ex: “Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life”, “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite” and my favourite “We accept the love we think we deserve”.

What also makes Perks an interesting film is the way aspects of Charlie’s character gradually unravel as the film progresses, you’ll discover suppressed memories key to the explanation of his emotions and reserved nature.

Have to admit, I was a little weirded out watching Ezra Miller who is Kevin in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin‘ play a friendly character, but what a great actor. Emma Watson also surprised me with her American accent, really impressed. It won’t pick up any Oscars but strong lead performances from Watson, Miller and Lerman.

Perks also has a decent soundtrack featuring artists like New Order, Sonic Youth and the iconic ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie.


I generally really enjoyed Wallflower, whilst a pretty conventional film as far as teenage centered films go, it’s made interesting by the thought-provoking dialogue and the chemistry between the 3 main characters.



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