Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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?

Perks of Being a Wallflower Charlie Patrick

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???”

Perks of Being a Wallflower Emma Watson

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

4 stars

………….(out of 5)


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