The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age comedy-drama film based on the 1999 novel of the same name. The film is written and directed by the book’s author, Stephen Chbosky. It stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. The story focuses on an introvert high school freshman who is taken under the wings of two seniors who proceed to welcome him to their odd world. (Running Time: 102 minutes)(Rated PG-13 on appeal of mature thematic material, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual content including references, a fight – all involving teens)
I am immediately interested and intrigued when I see or hear about a movie that is supposedly dealing intently on teenagers and their coming-of-age troubles. I believe it is an incredibly difficult theme to deal with in movies nowadays, so I keep an eye open for such movies as…well, these!
Wallflower is all from the simple, heartfelt narrative of Lerman’s character, Charlie. Charlie is a wannabe writer (of course), and pulls us right in after the opening credits are complete. Because of this personal, close relationship we immediately have with him, we experience all his adventures like we would be experiences them for the first time! First off, this is a very intimate film.
This film consists of a wide range of characters, so we can at some point discover one who we know ourselves. This can be rare in movies, because nowadays we rely on stereotypes; common, typical pros and cons in people. Well, we study the good and bad sides in all these people, but they are far from the typical ways we discover them in any other movie.
Well, some random facts on the film: the majority of the cast lived in the same hotel for the entire period of filming, the writer/director handpicked dozens of the locations in his Pittsburgh from memory, having grown up in the city his entire life. Emma Watson claims she refuses to watch her kissing scenes and the Rocky Horror Picture Show scene. Also, Chbosky chose Watson after watching Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009).
The film was shot like an independent film, with Summit Entertainment being very compliant to their “demands”. On a low budget of $13 million, it grossed an impressive $32 million!
To wrap this post up, 6 out of 7 stars. Maybe I am living too much in the moment of the film, but the themes it presents…it does so so well! Highly recommended!