“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” delights and moves audience Reply

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?

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