Drama | Romance
On a dreamy canvas, writer-director Stephen Chbosky paints a coming-of-age story that will transport you right into the world of teenage angst in all its pre-digital 90's glory, touching you in more ways that you can imagine.
Intellectual introvert Charlie (Logan Lerman) is an outcast, dreading his first day of freshman high with so much pessimism and trepidation that will already set your mood for the entire movie: depressed. But then Charlie befriends an unlikely group of seniors, led by Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson), and you sigh with relief; it suddenly looks like high school wouldn't be so bad after all. Will Charlie blossom from a wallflower to a social butterfly? And will he finally be cured of his personal demons?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, based on the bestselling novel authored by Chbosky himself, is a poignant film meant to revive your own teenage and high school experience, especially when you spent it in the 90's battling anxieties and drowning your sorrows in writing on your journal, reading pocketbooks, and listening to your favorite cassette tapes (feeling proud of your taste in music), like the world is against you. The movie sweeps you off in the tidal wave of the characters' emotions; from the lowest ebb to soaring joys, from defeats to thrills and hopes and dreams.
Lerman portrays Charlie with such depth (but a little too much maturity) and you will instantly love him. And along with him, you will be sucked into the bubble of his new and fascinating clique. Patrick was played tremendously impressive by Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Emma Watson deliver an acceptable performance as Sam, without traces of Hermione Granger. The stories resonate, as Charlie and his gang portray pieces of you and your life; the dialogue engaging, apt, striking; the music refreshingly old, and the dreamy treatment enhances the nostalgia of the period.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartbreaking, funny, and sincere movie, making you experience your teenage years all over again. Indeed a beautiful and melancholy trip.
8 out of 10 stars
In Philippine Cinemas September 26, 2012 (still showing)
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