Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watkins, Ezra Miller
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4.5/5
Aspiring John Hughes and Amy Heckerling’s of the next generation put down the soy chai lattes, put on those thick rimmed glasses, and pick up your tablets: watch this movie and take notes. This film is your Bible. It may not be perfect, but it sure has heart: and that makes it so much better than the multitude of love it and leave it escapades Hollywood has been pumping out in excess lately.
It’s not hard to guess where a lot of that heart came from. Perks of Being a Wallflower is written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the author if the original book released ten years ago. And you can feel it, his enthusiasm seeping through every pore of the film. Hence Perks exudes that je ne sais quoi that the film about those kids in detention, or that kid skipping school, did once upon a time.
It’s 1992 and Charlie (Logan Learman) is about to start high school. Introverted and awkward Charlie dreads the thought of trying to survive the next two years with his only friend being his English teacher (Paul Rudd playing the teacher everyone wishes they could have had). Charlie eventually crosses paths with the larger than life Patrick (Ezra Miller) and the beautiful Sam (Emma Watkins), who introduce him to their cast of misfits.
This coming of age film delves deeper than you might think it would dare – and amongst the words of wisdom and good time montages lays some food for thought for its young adult audience. It’s all encased by a terrific soundtrack; the Smiths, David Bowie, and New order are as much characters in the film as Charlie, Sam, and Patrick.
This is not to diminish the superb performances of the very capable cast that carry this movie. Logan Lerman (the Percy Jackson series, The Three Musketeers) is impressive as Charlie, and Emma Watkins charismatic turn as Sam proves that she has the chops outside of her childhood role. Yet the standout is Ezra Miller who is incomparable in his portrayal of Patrick. Miller gave one of the performances of the year in 2011’s breathtaking We Need to Talk about Kevin. This just proves that he still has more to give.
A funny, sweet, and moving coming of age teen drama; Perks of Being a Wallflower is well worth your time. In cinemas now!
Category: Film & TV