"a true coming of age journey that is a funny, witty, touching and charming study of the life of an outsider"
Based on the book of the same name written by the director Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a true coming of age journey that is a funny, witty, touching and charming study of the life of an outsider.
Capturing the highs and lows of growing up - set to the backdrop of a classic rock soundtrack, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is simply brilliant, and the young, talented cast are all fantastic, as no one in particular is left with the burden of carrying the film, as all of our protagonists more than hold their own.
Part of the films charm - as we go on this journey of self discovery with Charlie (played brilliantly by Logan Lerman) - is that we don't know everything that's going on, obviously those that have read the book may share a different opinion in that regards, but where it shines is that it keeps you engaged with relatable and believable characters.
I won't divulge too much information about the plot, since I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone, so I'll focus on the performances: Lerman is the clear stand out, bringing Charlie to life on the big screen, supplying a sense of gravitas to the role, where you feel empathy for his character from the outset. As I said he's relatable as the awkward and shy outsider, but as we soon learn, there is something more under the surface. It's also worth keeping a close eye on Ezra Miller, as he is equally as brilliant as Patrick.
Meanwhile, as a huge fan of Emma Watson, she has proven that she is more than just her one iconic character of Hermione as Sam is very different to the said role, and Watson just shows her range and growth as a young actress, more than deserving on the tag 'sought after' since she completely reinvents herself to bring her role to life. The support cast headed by Paul Rudd don't slouch with their screen time either; everyone is there for a reason and they don't miss a step.
I can't really fault The Perks of Being a Wallflower, however I would have wanted to have seen more of what Charlie was hiding, but on closer reflection, I think that the less we see the better since it makes us root for him all the more.