Summary: A solid coming of age movie with a good soundtrack good performances and an interesting take. It isn't ground breaking but is paced well, shot well, and ends well. Recommended for those that want a good drama rental.
Summary: Perks of Being a Wallflower earns its three stars purely from its transcendent screenplay, which I suspect borrows a lot from the poetry of the book. This is a film of moments and emotions and plays at themes of growing up and coping with some dark tragedies in a realistic and weighty way. At times, though, this philosophizing hinders the film, as it grinds to a spectator-like snail's pace and relies a bit too much (at times) on spacey exposition via voice over.
Excerpt: Generally I’m not an advocate of reading a book before seeing the movie — I find that if I enjoy the book, the movie rarely lives up to what I imagined in my head. There is, however, something to be said about being PREPARED for what you are going to see, and in this case, about halfway through this little number, I was wishing I had been given a little bit more information. Don’t let the trailers fool you — this is a little darker than advertised.
Excerpt: Charlie is a 15-year old taking on his first year in High School. He struggles on making friends, until he meets Sam and Patrick who let him in their circle of friends. *** Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller came in BIG on this movie, to begin with. These set of two actors and an actress deserve spot on most talented stars of the generation.
Conclusion: I viewed this movie through no choice of my own. I started watching it and thought why is it called The Perks of Being a Wallflower? By the end of the movie I got that, this film is a completely heartwarming and feel good romance, it is very sweet and emotional in places but in others I found it quite slow and boring.