You know that feeling when you’re watching a movie and you don’t think the world of it, but when it’s over it really sticks with you?
I guess I didn’t need to read the book before watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Stephen Chbosky directed this adaptation of his novel, and it’s a fairly standard coming-of-age film: outcast doesn’t know where to sit for lunch on the first day of school, meets other outcasts, upsets the one he loves a little over halfway through the film, and then finds himself. There are also some questions—what completely silent, completely awkward 9th grader attends a football game on his own?—and questionable musical dialogue—”you like the Shags? You have great taste in music!…but who is this David Bowie character???”
Emma Watson is, to nobody’s surprise, electric. The whole cast was pretty solid (Paul Rudd did a great job in a straight role as protagonist Charlie’s English teacher). However, it’s the story that helps the film to stand out. It’s generic at times. A lot of times, honestly. But it’s written so endearingly, and so heartfelt, that it really sticks with you. There are a lot of downers throughout the film, from Charlie’s issues that are open at the start of the film, to those revealed later on about both him and his friends. As a whole, however, it’s uplifting. The Perks of Being a Wallflower let’s you know that everybody has their problems, but if you surround yourself with good people, you’ll be fine.
Reverie Control Rating
………….(out of 5)