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It was only after the film had ended that I realised that I had only one solitary note on my notepad and that was "Saying you're a fan of "The Smiths" is not an easy way to making your characters seem hip" A note (and a small amount of angry graffiti) seemingly aimed at the director Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the original novel which I have yet to read, but which if it is anything like this film it no doubt suffers from the same delusion that by somehow having your characters noting trendy bands or noteworthy pieces of literature somehow gives them some sort of hip edge, something which continually irritated me throughout this film, following Charlie (Logan Lerman) as he starts freshman year of high school and already counting down the days until he can escape. Extremely introverted and only finding his lust for learning further distancing him from his fellow students, while at the same time leading to him forming a connection with his English teacher Mr Anderson (Paul Rudd). Soon Charlie finds himself also welcomed into a group of equally misfit students by step siblings Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller) with their love of music and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A strange film in many ways thanks to seemingly being a result of combining a high school memoir with "Prozac Nation", but it is one only made weirder by the unbounded love for the 80's with the soundtrack being especially resonant with this, seeing nearly every song on the soundtrack is a noteworthy 80's classic, which made me wonder if this was something to do with the book being released or set in the 80's. This is not the case seeing how the book was released in 1999 while the setting would seem to be like the film a modern one. So hence we get such scenes such as a high school prom grooving away to "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners, a record which would more than likely sparked a riot than mass dancing had it been played at my school (though perhaps it was just my school). The scene which really grinded my gears was the tunnel sequence, were "Heroes" by David Bowie plays on the radio leading to Sam squealing "What is this song?". Are we to honestly believe that she could have never have heard of this song let alone not recognise the silky tones of Bowie?!? Still like Charlie, his new group of friends are mixed bag of neuroses and social outcasts with Patrick in particular being a focus for his secret relationship with Jock Brad (Johnny Simmons) which only the group know about and it was touching to see the subject of teenage homosexuality being handled minus any of the usual predictable cliché's while Miller once more shows himself to be on the same incredible form we saw in "We Need To Talk About Kevin" as every scene he appears in only threatens to steal the film completly. Still it can't be said that the same care is given to the groups tepid impersonations of Rocky Horror characters they perform at during screenings shown at various points of the film, which also possibly had to be the least frenzied group of Rocky Horror fans I have ever seen, especially having been to several of these kinds of screenings which trust me are awhole lot more fun than they seem here. My main problem with the film as I essentially stated here is that the film constantly seems to be trying to make these self-confessed misfits seem as hip as possible, while dabbling occasionally on more heavier subjects such as drugs, suicide and homosexuality, while Lerman is highly believable as Charlie he is thankfully an interesting enough lead to distract from a lot of the pretention on show here and while the rest of the group's might vary in their performances, I did once again find myself left bored by Watson, who makes for an unbelievable object of lust for Charlie for no real reason, other than seemingly her interests in old records. Certainly not one of my more favourite films of this and one I struggled to find anything which really stuck with me, no doubt making this review as short as it is and as such one to be approached with caution. So what are the perks of being a wallflower? None that I could tell here
The opening sequence was a little disappointing, not only was it the same as Atonement (type writer sound and text font) but, the footage used afterwards was enough to make you feel quizzically sick. This brings me to my next point that some of the cinematography was a little off. Some shots used were terrible and lighting in others was way too low key. This allows the consumer not able to see the character or sets properly. It did not seem coherent. However, the non-diegetic music was lovely and the key theme song fit the narrative well. The narrating was okay; it suited the theme of the film, which is growing up in high school. I admit I was waiting for something to happen at first. The film was slow and did not have much of a storyline, however it had a narrative journey and its the motive that needs to be paid attention to, (the reason for his black outs.) Sadly, they used a very common book to study, To Kill A Mockingbird. This book seems to be in every single high school based programme or film. His life at the beginning is pretty much stereotypical of every student who is bullied or left alone. As depressing and formidable as it was, it is very true to real life. I very much like how Charlie started his awkward conversation with Patrick, it was once again realistic. Once Sam was introduced the narrative picked up a little and the film became more interesting. I like the way the characters were introduced and the actors used for certain characters. Especially, Mr Anderson, Charlie's sister, Candace and obviously Sam. However I wish I could have seen more of Candace. Emma's acting overall was brilliant, however, to me her American accent deemed terrible. Whether it be that she cannot do one OR that I am not used to her with one. I did not like it, but hey she needed it for the role. I won't be too picky on it as her acting overall was good. I like how the group of friends are an awkward trio and weren't afraid to be different. The story line is completely messed up but it is one that needs to be told. No matter how brutal it is. I have not read the book so I cannot be critical of the adaptation.
I have to admit that when a friend recommended this film to me I was dubious. On the face of it, it appears to be a somewhat clichéd story of teenage dramas and problems. Whilst occasionally it does feel as if every possible issue that could befall the characters does appear to emerge at some point, the story unfolds in a thoughtful and enticing way with some genuine surprises. The acting is superb. Logan Lerman is the perfect combination of innocent and vulnerable as well as likeable and believable whilst anyone who believed that Emma Watson could not shake off Hermione will be proved wrong by her mature and measured performance. The show is stolen however by Ezra Miller who plays the somewhat eccentric outsider at school who provides both a lot of laughs and intrigued as his backstory is gradually revealed. Those who saw Miller's darker role in 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' will see a stark contrast in this lighter, wittier and very entertaining part. The film progresses in such a way as to expose the various secrets of the characters in a slow and steady manner which could have the potential to make the story drag however instead it helps to maintain curiosity and a sense of uncertainty as to how it will end which can be lost in so many movies. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the film despite the many different troubles that befall the characters as these were made up for by excellent acting which made the characters likeable and the film enchanting.
Film-only review. A friend of mine had been going on and on about how great this film was, so my husband and I decided to sit down and watch it over the weekend. Before watching it, my husband referred to it as a "girly" film and a chick flick. He was wrong (as he often is!) This fim is based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky. In hindsight, I wish I had read the book first. The film was great, but I'm sure the book must be even better, as is usually the case. Plot It's time for 15-year old Charlie (Logan Lerman) to start high school. He has no friends and is not really looking forward to high school, and it seems that he's had a rough year. High school doesn't start off too well for him-his only friend seems to be his English teacher and he is basically a social outcast. Then he befriends two seniors, Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) who take him under their wing and show him what life is like when you're surrounded by good friends. Cast Logan Lerman - Charlie Ezra Miller - Patrick Emma Watson - Sam Johnny Simmons - Brad Nina Dobrev - Candace Paul Rudd - Mr. Anderson Adam Hagenbuch - Bob Mae Whitman - Mary Elizabeth Erin Wilhelmi - Alice Reece Thompson - Craig What I thought Firstly, I loved the characters. Charlie is this sweet, misunderstood boy who really cares about the people in his life. He's very likeable and you can't help but feel concerned about him. I thought Logan Lerman was incredibly convincing in his role as Charlie and really stole the show. Patrick is this really fun guy-he's not very popular and other people at his school seem to think he's weird, but he's actually a genuinely good guy. He has a lot of problems but masks them really well so that he seems really happy and care-free. Ezra Miller plays his role really well and it's impossible to not love him. Sam is Patrick's step sister, and another genuinely good person who is really there for Charlie. I'm so used to seeing Emma Watson playing the role of Hermione in the Harry Potter series that it took me a while to adjust to seeing her as someone else, but I thought her acting was quite good. It's not hard to see why she's Charlie's first crush. The other characters were all quite good too, including the English teacher Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd) and Charlie's sister, and they all helped to make this film great. What I really loved about this film was that it was believable. The film touches on the topics of depression, suicide, homophobia, identity and love, and I think all of us can related to at least one of these issues. There is a twist at the end that surprised me, although my husband had already figured it out. The soundtrack is quite central to the film as Sam introduces Charlie to the music she likes, and includes songs like Heroes by David Bowie and Asleep by The Smiths. This film was released on 3 October 2012 and has a runtime of 102 minutes. It is rated 12A. Price and Availability The DVD is available on Amazon and Tesco for £9.99, and on Play for £12.99, among other places. I recommend you shop around for a good offer. Final Word I really loved this film and I think that it would appeal to all kind of people. My husband had to admit it wasn't a "girly" film and that he thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very thought-provoking, and deeper and more intense than I expected it to be. I do plan on reading the book now, and possibly watching the film again after that.
The book adaptation surpassed my expectations in every way possible. Initially I was apprehensive, how could it be possible to convey the unreliable narrator of Charlie? The grit of the issues and concepts of the book? For those who haven't read the book/heard of the film, the story revolves around protagonist Charlie, who's recently left a mental hospital after a breakdown shortly after his best friend's suicide. It's his first day of high school, and he's apprehensive about making new friends. He however, quickly bonds with a group, all whilst writing letters to 'Friend' about his antics. It's a typical coming of age story exploring issues such as domestic abuse, drug use, and growing up. The audience, thanks to an excellent performance by Lerman, instantly forms a bond with Charlie, sharing his highs and lows throughout the school year. You can really empathise with him as a character, and even though he becomes involved and 'participates', as Sam tells him later in the film, 'You can't just put everyones lives ahead of yours and call that love', he still seems to be on the outside looking in. It has excellent character development and countless subplots, though no character develops more greatly than Charlie himself. He goes from caterpillar to butterfly, this truly being highlighted when he defends Patrick in the cafeteria. Charlie goes from being withdrawn and lifeless, to a young man blossoming before the audiences eyes. I have nothing negative to say about this film, other than the way they conveyed his aunt Helen's abuse of him. I felt it was very sudden, and abruptly revealed, rather than drip fed to the audience throughout. As a result, feels a tad sudden and out of the blue. Would really really strongly recommend.
Now I haven't read the book so I can't say whether or not this was a good book to screen adaption, but either way it was a great film. Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller are three of my favourite young actors and seeing them all onscreen together may have caused some sort of explosion in my mind. Not only are all three of them incredibly talented, but they're also sexy as. The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, a social outcast, as he returns for his freshman year of high school. His best friend committed suicide a year ago, which he only admits when he gets unintentionally stoned, and he is now friendless and seen as a freak by his peers. Things start to get a little better for Charlie though as befriends Patrick and Sam, two step siblings, who take Charlie under their wing and try to integrate him into their friendship group when they realise that he has no other friends. This story is intense. From the trailer I thought that this would be quite a heart warming coming of a age drama with some sort of deep message attached, but in fact it is a heartbreaking story that really hits home. There are quite a few twists and turns along the way and they're thrown at the audience, without warming which makes everything seem more traumatic. I can't tell you what sorts of themes are explored without revealing spoilers but I can tell you they're pretty shocking and you can't help but love Charlie as he's been through so much. There's also some romance in this film, but I don't think that's what most people would say they remember after watching this. Like I said above, I haven't read the books, but I didn't feel like anything was missing from this film or that there were any bits which weren't fully explained so even if the script hasn't strictly followed the book's plot, it still makes a great stand-alone film. I haven't seen these three actors for a while so it was brilliant to see all of them on screen together. Emma Watson wasn't quite as impressive as I would've hoped, but perhaps it was not Emma Watson that let me down, but her character, Sam, who I didn't like as much as I thought I would. Also what is up with Emma Watson's American accent? It just sounds so wrong in this film! Ezra Miller more than made up for Emma Watson's strange accent as he is just so talented. In fact, I think I'm in love with him. He played his character perfectly and he ranged from being really intense, to really carefree. You can't help but love his character as he really tries to help Charlie and it reassures you that there are some really good people in this world. I wasn't sure whether or not I was going to like Logan Lerman in this film because I couldn't really imagine him playing a 'serious' role. He looks quite cute and playful and I'd much rather see him in a cheesy teen romance or the next Percy Jackson movie (which is coming out later this year!) than in a deep drama. To my surprise, he actually pulled his character off quite well. Charlie is such an intense character, it must've been quite hard to portray him but I think Logan Lerman did a really good job and I have so much more respect for him as an actor. Sometimes his accent and his way of speaking got on my nerves, but I think that was more about the character not the actor. Basically I just want to give Charlie a big hug. I try to stay away from really emotional films such as this, but I had a feeling that this wasn't one I should miss. I'd discussed this film with a friend prior to watching it and he told me that it was a really sad film that had half his friends crying in the cinema. I had braced myself for tears, but I didn't actually cry whilst watching this. I was too stunned by the onscreen action and the trauma I imagined the characters to be feeling that I wasn't able to cry, only stare, in shock. There is a certain point in the film, and you'll know what I'm talking about if you've seen it, where you're so taken aback because something so out of the blue is revealed, you're not really sure what to do with yourself. What I love about this film is that despite the fact that I didn't think any of the characters or the plot were perfect, this film was still exceptionally good.This is definitely not something you want to watch when you're in a really happy mood, because it'll probably bring you right back down. I doubt this film is for everyone but if you're interested in a really good, but intense story, here's your film.
This film is an adaption of a book written by Stephen Chbosky. I have not read the book so cannot compare it, but when I saw the trailer I knew I wanted to watch it. Without knowing too much about the film it made me curious, but I did not really have high expectations of it which I think is what made the film even better for me. The author of the book actually directed this film and wrote the script which I think helps make it refreshing and wonderful. As I haven't read the book myself I cannot compare, but it feels like the characters, camera work and direction are all perfect. The way the actors manage to portray the emotions is fantastic. Some of the camera work is beautifully done capturing the mood perfectly. Each and every scene seems well thought out and the whole movie is done to a very high standard. It does not jump out as a typical high school movie which I think is a hard thing to break. Plot This story is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), who is a freshman taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller ). They welcome him to the real world and show him how to survive in high school. From the beginning we are shown there is something different about Charlie and this makes him an outsider, but we do not find out what until later in the film. We follow Charlie as he starts to learn things about the world, while at the same time he is still finding out who he is. It covers a range of emotions from first love, to depression and many other subjects, but the film shines a light on it in a brand new way. What you think is going to be a typical coming of age film quickly escalates in to a stunning film. Each main character has their own problems, and by working together they support each other and help each other get on. My opinion The only actress I really knew in this film is Emma Watson and she was one of the things that pulled me in. I like her as an actress, and I was interested to see if she could break the Hermione Granger image she played for so many years. I have to say I thought she was fantastic. Her acting made me forget all about her previous role, and pulled me into her character easily. I was not overly keen on her American accent at time it was a little shaky. Her charisma and charming acting covered this well I believe but it could have been better and hope it improves for future films. Again Logan Lerman as Charlie was fantastic. This is the first time I have seen this actor but he held his part extremely well. I was interested in his character and finding out about him. I enjoyed watching as the puzzles and drama unfolded, and he did a great job at holding his main role in the film. There are so many other strong actors in this film he could have easily of been overshadowed, but he managed to keep the audience interested. The range of emotions he managed to portray was fantastic, and empathy for him began pouring. He really did put on an award winning performance and I feel he was the perfect person for the role. Patrick (Ezra Miller) is another strong character that is perfect in his role. The class clown and all round fun going guy that just wants to have fun. He nearly steals the limelight with the perfect one liner, and strong scenes he is in but I absolutely loved his character. He adds humour to the film which when mixed with the darker themes is very refreshing. The only other time I have watched him that I can remember is in We need to talk about Kevin. The character he plays in this film is so far away from that I did not even notice it was him at first. He is a fantastic actor and I will definitely be watching out for future movies with him in it. There are a number of other characters in the film but I feel they are just there to add numbers and set the scene. The film really does focus on the three main characters, and they do very well to carry it all themselves as do the supporting acts even with little screen time. Music is not something that usually jumps out at me. In this film you just cannot help but notice it. They choose the perfect songs to match the feel of the scenes and it really does help push the emotions through to viewers. I love that they manage to merge the three characters lives so effortlessly. They all work perfect together on screen, but still push their own stories and troubles through. This is a coming of age film. At the same time the twists and turns make it so much more than just a typical film. Rather than having the usual goals of being popular we see a young boy who is clearly troubled, and wants to make it through high school as quick as he can to get it over and done with. Although the story is fairly simple there are enough twists to keep the audience happy. I thought I knew how a few things would work out, but then something happens and makes me question it. While it is a fairly light and easy watch there is still enough depth to keep you watching the screen. Rather than concentrating on the happy ending of a story, it shows the dark cold world that can be high school. I really like this as it portrays a real life scenario rather than the typical boy wants to be popular, wins over friends and lives happily ever after. It covers a lot of darker topics and so it has a rating of 12A. I think this is a fair guide as there is nothing overly shocking in it so it just safe guards younger viewers. It manages to make me feel the emotions the characters are, sometimes happy sometimes sad, and sometimes a range of emotions at the same time. It never made me want to cry, but I did laugh out loud and I did find myself smiling. I felt the pain of the characters at difficult times, and sometimes I was just completely shocked at the way things unfolded. Summary The more adult themes shine through taking over the film, but still leaving a lot of other emotions so it is not all dark and sad. I would say it is aimed at a young adult audience. It could be enjoyed by older viewers, but I just feel that it is best suited to teens and young adults as they can relate most. Would I recommend this film, absolutely! I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, and I could easily watch it again. It is something I will add to my film collection and could watch a few times before I become bored of it. It is a simple story, but they focus on different emotions and story lines than your typical coming of age film. It steps away from the usual by focusing on the darker emotions of being adolescence, and by doing this it had me glued to the screen. It is still a light watch and not something you really have to pay attention to follow but still has enough substance to keep interested. I have purchased the book and plan to read it very soon as I have high hopes for it.
"We are infinite" is the tagline of the trailer and the poster, and one of the most resonating quotes from the book, and it is how I left the cinema feeling. I have read the book on more than one occasion, first reading it in my teens and again when I hit 20, so when I saw that it was being made into a film I felt elated. Then my heart sunk a little. I am one of these people that firmly sticks to the mantra that films are never quite as good as the books. Though I was comforted when I was that the screen writer and director was Stephen Chbosky, the writer of this incredible coming of age story. I will always recommend the book, but I will dedicate this review to the film rather than making it nit picky about elements that did not add up to the book (to me personally, there were few though!) Charlie (Lerman), is our slightly unreliable narrator. If you listen to the opening voice over, the premise is that he is writing letters to someone he has heard is a good listener, and "Charlie" is the name he chooses to go under. He has suffered mental lapses, after the suicide of his best friend and the guilt he feels for his Aunt Helen's death. He is a wallflower, he sinks into the background but is always there and a beauty. Awkward and intelligent, he slips through high school a day at a time with his friend being the English teacher we all wish we had at school, Mr Anderson (Rudd) Eventually, he is taken under the wing of step-siblings Sam and Patrick, after joining them at a football match. Absent from the film, is the wonderful line from Patrick (Miller) chanting "be agressive, passive agressive" which irked me slightly! I digress. They enable Charlie to experience new things, open to him to music and drugs, as well as develop relationships which he has struggled with. Lerman is wonderful as the understated teen, and he displays the wide spectrum of acting required to play a character who has the success of this story on his shoulders. However, for me personally Miller is the star of this, for me. He comfortably slipped into the flamboyant nature of Patrick without any stiffness, or uneasiness. He delievered the comedic side of his character beautifully, and was harrowing in the downward spiral he experiences, without going into details. It is interesting to me that Miller originally went for the role of Charlie, he displays a range that shows he would have been suitable for the role but I am pleased he was selected as the friend. It is difficult not to write a review on this, and not mention Emma Watson. Visually, she is definitely the demure beauty that Sam is supposed to be. It isnt a wonder Charlie is smitten. With credit to Watson as an actress, you do not watch this film and think "Hermione" which was a concern when casting her. The american accent isn't perfect, but by no means is it dreadful. I just felt that she played Sam shallowly, how she felt she should have been rather than what she is. It is tricky to describe exactly what I mean without spoiling the plot, but Sam is a little more distant, than she is played to be. There are difficult elements to show in the film, rather than explicitly tell the audience and it pulls it off beautifully. It was wonder to me how some parts would be conveyed, having read the book, and keep the 15 rating. There are references to drugs, and sex, but nothing to explicit which makes it available to young and old audiences a like. The cinematography is wonderful at times, beautiful to absorb. The tunnel scene is as spine tingling as you expect it to be. As a book that emerged out of the MTV generation, it is filled to the brim with pop culture references. You can see where the "Juno" comparisons have come through from this as you are aware of the influences from film, literature and crucially music. The soundtrack of the film, is the soundtrack of Charlie's life and were contemporary to the penning of the novel. Of course a film set in the early 90's is oozing with The Smiths and David Bowie, and it is so great. We also get the titles of the books Charlie is given by MR Anderson are often centered around a main character who is on a journey of self discovery, and it is a beautiful nod to other books that I value greatly. For fans of the book, you will not be bitterly let down. To new fans, you will get as much from this coming of age story, with haunting undertones. Watch the film, get the DVD. You wont regret it.
About the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 film adaptation of the book of the same name by Stephen Chbosky. It is rated 12A due to thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content and references. The film has a run time of 103 minutes. Plot Fifteen year old Charlie is just about to start high school. After having a rough time, which isn't explained at the beginning of the film, he has no friends and is worried about what school will be like for him. On his first day, the only person he speaks to is his English teacher. However, two seniors eventually take him under his wing and show him what life can really be like if you have a good set of friends around you. Cast Logan Lerman as Charlie Emma Watson as Sam Ezra Miller as Patrick Nina Dobrev as Candace, Charlie's sister Mae Whitman as Mary Elizabeth Paul Rudd as Bill (Mr. Anderson), Charlie's English teacher Kate Walsh as Charlie's mother Dylan McDermott as Charlie's father Johnny Simmons as Brad Reece Thompson as Craig Joan Cusack as Dr Burton What I thought I haven't read the book of The Perks of Being a Wallflower but as soon as I saw the film trailer, I wanted to see it and then read the book. Not knowing anything about the plot, I was excited to see what this was really about as the film trailer doesn't really give away too many clues. Logan Lerman takes the lead as Charlie, a socially awkward teenager with no friends. He was a very endearing character who was likeable from the beginning. It was clear to see how hard going to high school was for him and that he didn't feel comfortable being there, which made me feel a little bit sorry for him. However, as the plot begins to reveal itself, Charlie's problems are slowly brought to light and you are able to get the bigger picture about why he is how he is. When Sam and Patrick befriend Charlie, he begins to come out of his shell and realise that he can have fun with his friends. Lerman is wonderful as Charlie and absolutely perfect for the role. He is funny and sweet in his naive ways and was a very interesting character. Supporting here are Emma Watson as Sam and Ezra Miller as Patrick. Watson is obviously well known for her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter films while Miller is more of an up and comer. The two play step brother and sister who are very close in their relationship. They act more like best friends than siblings. The two characters are very different, each with their own secrets, but both are outgoing and loud - the complete opposite of Charlie. I really enjoyed watching Charlie begin to get to know Sam and Patrick as to begin with, he didn't know how to act around them or what to say. As good as Watson was, with her American accent and likeable character, Miller was who I preferred. His character is much more fun and the actor really goes all out in this film. While this is a coming of age story, there is so much more to it than that. The plot was wonderfully surprising and not quite what I was expecting. If you haven't read the book, there are a fair few twists which may shock you, as they did me. There are major themes such as sex, eating disorders and homophobia which run throughout the story which is where things get a bit darker and more intense. The plot is also very fun at times, with Charlie beginning to get to know who he really is and due to him experiencing new and exciting things with his friends. The story is a really heartfelt one with a fantastic range of characters, not just Charlie, Sam and Patrick. Other characters help to make this story so special such as Mr Anderson the English teacher and Charlie's other friends. Soundtracks aren't something that I usually pay attention to but with this film, I couldn't help it. The Perks of Being a Wallflower has a great soundtrack mixed with a whole range of different artists. I also think that there is a song in here for everyone. With songs from Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners to Asleep by The Smiths, a whole range of emotions are thought of in the choice of songs. Each song seemed to fit its scene perfectly and helped whatever was going on in the plot at the very moment. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a wonderful film for both teens and adults. The film showcases some wonderful new names in cinema and also shows a different light to Emma Watson who could have stayed as Hermione her whole life. I loved this film and can't wait for it to come out on DVD now.