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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (DVD)
Member Name: malihat
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (DVD)
Advantages: Enjoyable film, good acting and storyline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Enjoyable film that I would watch again.