Ariana St. Pierre – Arts Editor
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a charming and charismatic film that deals with love, loss, pain, fear, friendship and ultimately growing up and overcoming obstacles that would have crippled most.
Author of the best-selling novel, Stephen Chbosky, wrote the screenplay and directed the film as well. The film is set in a 1990s suburb and begins with 16-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), entering his freshman year of high school. He is quiet, shy, kind-natured, and utterly adorable. Charlie’s main concern is that of making friends.
Charlie eventually befriends two delightfully entertaining seniors: Sam (Emma Watson), a pretty, spunky and free spirited girl, and her stepbrother, Patrick (Ezra Miller), a charismatic, playful lad, who carries on in a secret relationship with a popular football player.
The two pull Charlie into their inner circle, or “island of misfit toys,” as Sam puts it. As the academic year progresses, Charlie quickly falls for Sam and experiments with drugs and alcohol, all while trying to push aside thoughts of suicide and sexual abuse.
Patrick, however, steals the viewer’s attention. As an openly gay man in an era where it is not accepted, he sets the bar for perseverance. Each time Patrick enters a scene, he lights it up with his demeanor and confidence, all while reminding the audience that he is still a bit broken, making him tangible and relatable. However, the film hurries through some rather important scenes, such as Charlie’s suicide attempt.
What “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” lacks in detail is made up for through the strong acting of Lerman, Watson, Rudd and Miller. The film may not be as well done as the book, but what film truly lives up to any book’s expectations?