Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower – A coming of age story

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Released on September 21, 2012, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a must-see movie if you attended high school. With its themes of friendship, coming-of-age, sex, and love, this film is enough to make you remember the old (or current) days of high school. The movie is an adaptation of the book, with the same title, written by Stephen Chbosky. Chbosky also serves as the writer and Director of the movie.

The story follows an extremely introverted high school freshman named Charlie (played by Logan Lerman). On his first day of school Charlie makes only one friend, his English teacher. That was the scene in the movie that made me think “This is my movie!” Charlie is very passive and does not participate in life. He is a wallflower.Charlie has his moment when he asserts himself to Patrick, a senior in high school who doesn’t take much seriously, at a football game.  Ezra Miller steals the show with his portrayal of Patrick. It is at the game where Charlie, Patrick, and Patrick’s sister Sam, set the foundations for what will become a strong friendship. Emma Watson proves that she can be an incredible actress outside of the Harry Potter franchise with her role as Sam.

For all you guys out there…Now that you know Ms. Watson is in the film you should be flying to the theaters to see the film. Anyway,  the film does a good job of making sure its audience knows just what exactly a wallflower is. One of my favorite shots that is used a couple of times in the movie is when the filmmakers show Charlie standing against the wall at his high school dance.  He  has a transformational moment when he detaches himself from the wall and joins his friends in a dance. The film centers around the trio and the real life experiences that so many people can relate to. The real life situations and consequences is what makes “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” so special.

No matter what class you were identified with in high school, “The perks of Being a Wallflower” has a movie role for you that it displays so accurately that you’ll feel like your watching your own life play on the big screen. I know I did. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is an independent film that is not showing in many theaters, so make sure to check any of you local movie theaters website to see if this magnificent film is showing.

 

 

Robert