Award season has just wrapped up, but the buzz for nominated movies and the winners can still be found in abundance over the internet, which is why this week I’d like to share with you my review of an underrated film, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. The film, which was recently released to DVD, is based on the best-selling book of the same title by Stephen Chbosky. I did not really know what to expect with this film. I had not read the book prior to watching it, and the trailer and synopsis did not give much away. That being said, I adore this movie and feel I could watch it over and over again, and get something new out of it each time.
The story centers around freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman), an introvert, struggling to navigate high school, until two seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), invite him into their social circle. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” showcases the high school experience with a sense of authenticity that I believe is often lacking in similar dramas. Throughout the film viewers learn more about Charlie’s past and that of his friends in bits and pieces that allow us to understand why they act they way they do. I really enjoyed this concept, because it kept me guessing throughout the film, and was like getting to know someone in real life.
Charlie has quickly become one of my all time favorite characters. His quiet, unassuming nature allows him to take in minute details, and make remarkable observations that others are oblivious to. Likewise, the film as a whole is incredibly insightful and thought provoking, containing numerous noteworthy quotes such as “we accept the love we think we deserve”. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a gem of a film that can be appreciated by audiences of all ages. If you have yet to see this wonderful movie, I highly recommend you rent it as soon as possible!