Flash Movie Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Looking back at my high school years, the popular kids and jocks made up relatively small groups to the rest of the student body. I had an aunt who mistook my largeness for muscles, telling me I should join the football team. It quickly became apparent I did not belong. My goal was to get through high school unscathed. For all of you who understand me, this is our movie. One of the best movies I have seen this year, I commend author Stephen Chbosky who used his own book to write the screenplay and direct this wonderful film. Incoming freshman Charlie, played by Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, 3:10 to Yuma), already was dealing with family trauma and the loss of his best friend as he floundered to find where he belonged in school. Days of loneliness would pass until seniors Patrick and Sam, played by Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin, City Island) and Emma Watson (Harry Potter franchise, My Week With Marilyn) took Charlie into their misfit group. Though lucky to have upperclassmen showing him the way, there would be issues Charlie had to face and conquer alone. The casting of this movie was the icing on the cake to the well thought out story; the actors were a perfect fit together. Emma was so good, not once did I think that was Hermione Granger up on the screen. The trailers for this movie do not really show the depth of the story; this was not a typical goofy high school movie. There were shades of darkness mixed with honest portrayals of real high school events. This was one time where I was able to go back to those school years and have tears of joy, as I applauded with the audience at the end of this impressive film.

 

3 2/3 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 2, 2012, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I had decided against this one based on the trailer but now I’m not so sure…
    Great review, and it’s nice to hear that Emma Watson has managed to shed the Hermione baggage. To be fair she did a good job of breaking away from that role with her character in My Week With Marilyn, but her part was so small there that it only partially counts.

  2. you were right. you were right..top ten material…. and mr. rumsey for the love of ezra miller’s bonestructure, don’t turn away from this gorgeous and soulful film based an a trailer. the leads will have you at hello. Paul Rudd, Dermott Mulronney and Joan Cusack stop by for extra credit. A solid gold under rated gem. PS MJZ: please (please) get a move on the paperboy….want to hear what you have to say.

  3. I finally got a chance to see this amazing movie. After the movie, I had a sense that I too experienced the tunnel. I was moved. Highly recommend it!

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