FILM REVIEW: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Sometimes the beauty of a film, is in its simplicity.

Over the summer, so much was made of mysterious big budget ‘Prometheus’, but following confusion and lukewarm reviews it seems destined to be a feature forever ridiculed and talked of in scorn.

Whereas when it comes to ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ the adaptation of his own novel by Stephen Chbosky, the key to its success in its emotive storytelling and characters we can all relate to: the quiet kid who doesn’t quite fit in, the misunderstood girl trying to change her ways, shall I go on….

This is where the film relates to the storytelling of John Hughes in his 80’s prime, although lacking in the comedy department, it makes up for it with some touching and heartwarming scenes. None more so than the group’s Christmas eve together, which really brings home what friendship is all about.

Performance wise Logan Lerman turns in a superb performance as Charlie, a boy harbouring a dark secret as he begins his freshman year (with him counting the days until graduation from day one). This is until he meets Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), and they give him a year he will never forget.

‘Perks’ real strength lies in its ability to deal with issues head on, whether it be loneliness, homophobia or just simply teenage lust, there all manifest in what is a jam packed multi-linear script.

Despite a couple of journey’s until the darker side of teenage life, the film brims with confidence and verve which make it a great watch and one of the films of the year so far.

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