REVIEW: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The original novel of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboskey, seems to have become a cult success since it’s release in 1999 and this year, it’s turn of the big screen adaptation to grab at peoples hearts.




Based in Pittburgh in the 90s, freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) is struggling to fit in. The person he gets on the best with is his English teacher (Paul Rudd) until he falls into a group of older kids including Sam (Emma Watson) and her step-brother Patrick (Ezra Miller).

Written and directed by the original author, this is a coming of age film that tackles difficult subjects of closeted homosexuality, drug use, depression and teen suicide. Although some heavy subject matters which some people may find difficult to watch, it’s delivered well by a talented cast with a great soundtrack – anything that uses Bowie’s “Heroes” is a sure hit.

As Emma Watson’s first role away from Hogwarts, she couldn’t be more different from Hermione. Sam is more likely to be found dressed in a corset in a rendition of the Rocky Horror Picture Show than studying hard in the library, but the character change suits Watson down to a tee. The trip across the Atlantic seems to have done wonders for her.

All in all a well made film, which is visually very pretty with some harrowing scenes that will no doubt tug at your heartstrings. 

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