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I had the pleasure of seeing Perks Of Being A Wallflower at Arc light Cinemas in LA yesterday, and it was definitely worth the one-hour drive. The story is very simple yet complicated because of how much goes on. While it has its funny moments, it also manages to go through dark topics as well such as homosexuality, drugs and death.
Stephen Chomsky handles his story very well, never feeling like it's being forced but rather it flowed nicely and carefully. Not just the writing but the overall tone of the film reminds me a little of John Hughes' work.
The musical score is done by Michael Brook who's also responsible for Into The Wild, another favorite of mine, and he did a very good job. Along with Mr. Chomsky, Alexandra Cassavas, who's also the music supervisor for The OC, did a great job of picking out the songs and treated it as if it were a mixtape.
There were times when you can kind of hear her British accent slip in and even though you notice it, it's nothing distracting, and it didn't really bother me. He plays Patrick, a gay character who's not afraid of who he is and Ezra portrays him amazingly well.
He steals every line and scene he's in, becoming the comic relief. But even so, Patrick has his own personal problem and this is where Ezra Miller proves once again just how great of an actor he is.
Nina Dob rev, who plays Candace aka Charlie's sister, did a good job. Erin Wilhelm as Alice, Johnny Simmons as Brad and Nicholas Braun as Derek were all fine.
The rest of the cast: Kate Walsh and Dylan McDermott who play the parents as well as Joan Cu sack who plays Charlie's Doctor were all good, despite having little screen time. Melanie Lindsay did a very good job as Aunt Helen.
Paul Rudd in general is a very likable actor and again, he doesn't have a lot of screen time either, but he still manages to play his part memorably. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower may not be the most faithful adaptation but the spirit of the story is still there, and it does great justice to the book.
Being Infinite The Perks of Being a Wallflower is another story about a simple guy living in a cruel life of high school. The difference is he's not ought to save the day, wants to lose his virginity, seeking to be popular, or revenge on his bullies.
The story is about a shy kid who wants to get along with people and can 't wait to leave high school. Behind it is the genuine pain and emotion of the characters which makes it more than just another story about teenagers.
Stephen Chomsky tells his own story on screen pretty well and the performances are quite excellent. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is often heartbreaking, charming, and wonderful. Charlie is palpably just another teenage protagonist, but he is not one of those who tries to prove everyone who mistreated him wrong.
We may have heard a story like this before, but what makes this one extraordinary is when it mostly depicts the darkest aspects of their lives. In the joyous moments, it's pretty delightful and plays a quite nostalgic soundtrack.
He usually plays the simple charming guy in movies. One might ham it up for Patrick, but Miller gave the character a genuinely wonderful personality.
The director and author, Stephen Chomsky, didn't try anything else than to bring his book to life. He tells it straightforward on screen with plenty of strong, effective emotions.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is best if you can actually relate to the lead character or have experienced the struggles of being an adolescent. When it's not depressing, the film goes to those blissful moments that make us remember the good times in high school.
It's a film adaptation that replaces the cliché mainstream swagger with some painful realities and simply let the audience understand the whole point of it. As the opening credit rolled I was impressed with the quality of the cast including Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Kate Walsh, and Dylan McDermott.
Freshman Charlie (Logan German) almost by accident becomes friends with Patrick (Ezra Miller) and his stepsister Sam (Emma Watson). Not only capturing this timeless story with every word and sight, the film's soundtrack blows me away.
Not many can take a book of such depth and keep the heart and soul of it alive, but it happened here. Last evening I attended a screening that included a fascinating Q&A with writer/director Stephen Chomsky.
It reminded me of how personal and intimate and observant and incisive a well-made film can be. Mr. Chomsky takes the unusual step of directing his own screenplay based on his own novel (a 1999 bestseller), and he left me stunned and enthralled. The popularity of the novel would typically make the film version a disappointment for its fans.
Mr. Chomsky remains true to the spirit despite the need to edit for the sake of continuity and brevity. The key characters spring to life thanks to the efforts of four strong performances from young actors: Logan German (Percy Jackson, The Three Musketeers) plays Charlie, Emma Watson (Harry Potter films) is Sam, Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin, City Island) is Patrick, and Mae Whitman (Arrested Development) is Mary Elizabeth.
The brilliance is recognized only as you get to know these characters and slowly uncover their stories. What we discover is that, regardless of our age, we recognize these characters from our high school days.
We know the introverted, observant Charlie who so desperately needs a support system. We surely recognize the attention-starved, lacking in self-esteem Sam who is the epitome of “We accept the love we think we deserve”.
And we all knew a Patrick ... the flamboyant one who sheaths his pain with an over-the-top act of public confidence. What Chomsky does is shine the spotlight on these characters to ensure that we really SEE them this time.
The themes reminded me a bit of a darker John Hughes film (that's a compliment). The formative years of a writer determine the depths to which his or her work will reach later in life.
Admittedly, the film is substantially autobiographical, so when Mr. Chomsky says it's a personal story, we begin to understand the foundation of his remarkable writing style. When this line is spoken, we realize that almost every high school kid has thought the same thing at some point.
These are painful and difficult times and as Mr. Chomsky stated, we should encourage kids to fight through this stage and get on to the next ... then able to find their true self. My favorite reaction to a movie is profound thought, and this one caused this in waves.
There is no excess of profanity or nudity to divert attention from what really matters ... the characters. I can think of no finer compliment to a writer and filmmaker than to cite them as the cause of my internal discussions related to their film.
Also, great performances from Mae Whitman, Nina Dob rev and Johnny Simmons. There is a lot of humor, emotion, honesty, everything it needed, and also an excellent soundtrack to back it up.
It speaks on many levels of being a teenager, dealing with death, loneliness, and how awkward it can be trying to fit in. The highlight of the film for me at least from an acting standpoint is Ezra Miller hilarious, but very heartfelt at the same time.
Don't get me wrong the whole case is amazing (Emma Watson was perfect for this after HP) but Ezra really stands out. Stephen Chomsky really cared about this book, and it really shows in this film.
It's going to get many comparisons to a John Hughes film, and rightfully, so this movie is heart felt and just amazing. Emma Watson has a scene in which she tears up and cries, and it was amazing.
I also appreciate how Chomsky made the parents thoughtful people, unlike most teen comedies. Chip Chat on Film Review: Not your typical teenage angst tale.
The Perks as it were, was a bit of a marvel when discussing what teenagers have to contend with. Anyone that decides to see this film expecting a run-of-the-mill high school drama or teenage angst tale will be pleasantly surprised at the depth with which this story delves.
This adaptation of Stephen Chomsky's novel seemed to take the difficulties facing one young man embarking on his high school journey through one extreme situation after another. I could visualize a totally different version of this tale of misfit toys being played out where all is right with the world and Charlie (Logan German) is the most popular freshman in school for the simple fact that all his friends are seniors.
Even I started to get annoyed as the school year progressed and the running 'Nothing' joke persisted. It's always surprising when a story focuses on well-to-do young people whose lives would be expected to mimic a fairy tale.
This story gives insight into the fact that some young people have the same if not even more struggles than others and having money can 't really fix that. I found it interesting that there was no clear indication in the story as to the school year, even at graduation there was none of the typical 'Class of '92' or whatever to show how proud of their time graduates are.
It may be that Mr. Chomsky wanted to steer clear of associating the story with a specific year, but it was obviously the early 90s when the primary mode of sharing and exchanging music was via cassette. I have to say that I liked Emma Watson as an American teenager, she can cross the pond and put it down any time.
The Perks of a Great Cast, Writing and Direction Warning: Spoilers Spoiler Alert: There will be some spoilers in this review. I was very fortunate to have finally seen Perks of Being a Wallflower (PO BAW) at an advance screening courtesy of a fellow film fanatic and blogger.
I had also been tracking any plans to make a film version of the novel since 2008 when Chomsky was quoted in an online interview that he was working on a script based on his novel. Around the time I read the novel, I was also totally engrossed in a new drama series on the WB called “Jack and Bobby” which starred a then 12-13 year old actor named Logan German whom I had seen previously in the cult favorite “The Butterfly Effect” as a young Ashton Butcher and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “A Painted House”.
More than the plot elements and details, it is the story arc and the emotions in the written work that have made a successful transition to the screen. For that I must credit Chomsky for knowing what to cut and what to retain in the film version.
Even the use of songs other than those in Charlie's mixtape works because the director and the entire team know the essence of the book and how and why it has affected so many readers, and they respected it. Spoilers: There is no abortion scene, no reading of Dr. Earl Rum's moving poem in the film or some of the scenes with Charlie's extended family over the holidays and yet, I have to agree wholeheartedly with Chomsky's decision on this.
Fans of the book should not get into a twist because some of these will not be seen because Charlie's story and more importantly, his unique voice is there in all it's quirky, lovable and emotional beauty. Don't let the obviously very commercial trailer fool you, the film retains the book's darker moments and the demons which torment the protagonist.
As for the acting, I cannot say enough about how the cast embodied and fully embraced the characters they were playing. First off, those who know Logan German only from his Percy Jackon-franchise should take another look at this promising young actor.
And while his performances in those films are noteworthy, Perks allows him to show his full range and versatility. He is Charlie no doubt about it and imbues the role with sophistication and emotion.
I realize the Academy doesn't take notice of younger actors unlike the actress categories but German's performance is truly awards-worthy. Ezra Miller's portrayal of Patrick may surprise some fans of the book as his characterization may be slightly more flamboyant than the Nothing of the book, but he delivers a funny, outrageous but ultimately warm performance.
Now Emma Watson really needs to do more work on her American accent as her natural one flits in and out, but it doesn't totally distract from a winsome and winning performance as Sam. Perhaps not in the same league as German and Miller but certainly a departure and breakthrough from just being known as Hermione.
Mae Whitman, Paul Rudd, Joan Cu sack, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott and the always great Melanie Lindsay also make wonderful contributions. I wish though that we had seen more of the young actor Chomsky cast as Michael (cut out of the film) and Julia Garner of Electric Children.
Just a last note, Chomsky makes full use of his Pittsburgh setting to situate the characters in the film. If there is one thing I hope fans of PO BAW will do is to tell people they know to see the film.
This is not your typical teen fare and certainly miles ahead of the Twilight series and the Hunger Games. As a coming-of-age film, I would place this in the same league as “Dead Poets' Society” and the classic “Harold and Maude”.
I hope that there is enough critical mass at TIFF and beyond to elevate this film for the accolades it deserves. After reading the book and enjoying it, this movie was extremely disappointing and felt like a misrepresentation of the original workers off the relationship between Charlie and his Aunt wasn't nearly showcased enough and every relating event up to the reveal at the ending was far too vague to awaken any emotion.
All the dark and troubling feelings, and the real anxiety that Charlie went through (like the LSD come down, the depression after the Mary Elizabeth breakup, and so on) were just left out or underplayed. Charlie felt very distant and more of a generic boy rather than the intelligent but deeply troubled person he is portrayed as in the book.
The dialogue between them at bill's played a pretty big part in the revaluation at the end and that was completely cut. The scene where Charlie and Patrick laugh their asses off from the picnic story was cut as well, which is a shame.
Everything that made the book so interesting was sucked out until we're left with a skeleton in the shape of “The perks of being a wallflower but the content being just words here and there and some pretty quotes. The biggest issue with this movie, I would have to admittedly say, is the fact that is such an underrated film.
That being said, let the review be underway A young and troubled freshman by the name of Charlie (Logan German) attempts to make his way through high school and gain friends as he falls in love with Sam (Emma Watson) The story is definitely based off Steven Chomsky's novel which he writes and directs in this case. The direction in this film is definitely marvelous and the way the characters were presented is truly fantastic.
Very powerful emotionally, at least for someone like me, who has experienced a similar life to that of Charlie, it can definitely be hard to re-watch this film, despite its complete brilliance. With good performances throughout, from Logan German to Emma Watson, this film adds further credibility.
If I were to pick a fault with this film, I'd really have a tough time sitting through thinking but perhaps, if a few characters, mainly Mary and Sam were elaborated a bit more, there may have been a bit more of an emotional connection but for Sam, it doesn't tend to matter much as her character is a likable one and the screen time she has is relatively long. In a year that saw the releases of films like Django Unchained, The Hobbit, Sky fall, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers and Cooper, I myself would personally rank it above all those great films of the year except for my personal favorite Django Unchained.
Fantastic direction, excellent writing and an excellent knowledge of book to movie adaptations from the book's very author, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a brilliantly acted story and is emotionally powerful yet displays elements of other films. A complete clichéd mess which takes itself far too seriously to be enjoyable in the slightest.
I hadn't heard of The Perks of Being a Wallflower book before this film came out but apparently it's a big hit with people my age (albeit particularly girls). I wasn't interested until it started doing very well with audiences to the point where it entered IMDb's top 250, and is still in a solid position.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a self-pitying dead weight inhabited with paper thin characters whose personality is replaced with eccentricity, let alone lack of depth. Its lead character is a cardboard cutout whose interesting moments of change are so left field and bizarre that it's difficult to connect with him at all. Emma Watson has a terribly inconsistent American accent and lacks any identity beyond a vague irritating Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
Ezra Miller does have some welcome enthusiasm, given his restrained performance in We Need To Talk About Kevin, but his character is all over the place. But the most off- putting part is the horrible lighting and set design.
It hits a few interesting notes here and there, but it's nothing redeeming, and they're swiftly ruined by the next moment approached awkwardly. However, it does have an excellent taste in music and features a lot of my favorites, unfortunately it has no idea how to use them and frustrates me as it cuts before the good part.
There's also the big gap in logic of Emma Watson having pretty great taste in music but having no clue what an incredibly famous David Bowie song is. But hey, if this film introduces a generation to this great music, fine.
In my opinion it's a decent film, with some flaws, that could have been far better if it wasn't so mainstream. I think most of the enthusiastic reviewers are young people, who recognize themselves in this story about teenagers who choose to be different from the rest.
It's a very romantic story: a melancholic teenager befriends a group of progressive/Bohemian/intellectual youngsters, who differentiate themselves from the rest of the school. They introduce him to parties, drugs and music from The Smiths and David Bowie.
There are traumas and secrets in 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower ', but they are implied and not clearly explained. It's clear this movie appeals to young people, who perhaps can recognize a lot about their own life in the film.
Everyone in high school is not mean to you from the first to the last day and even if jocks can be insensitive, depicting them as nothing but evil bullies is a tired, stale plot mechanism. I'm remembering the introverted character from Almost Famous and how he ended up being hilarious and lovable.
Patrick is probably the best character but, really, he's a flaming queer and knows every word of the Rocky Horror Picture Show by heart, but he has never heard of David Bowie's song Heroes? Perhaps a moment a bit more awkward than the hug Charlie gives him--that might have shed some light on their mysterious relationship.
Charlie's high school crush Sam is an okay character but she also just sort of goes along with the absence of plot. And of course there's Brad (no, can 't be a reference to Rocky Horror, can it) the football star who is having a secret love affair with Patrick, a love affair that's so obvious that the only ones who can 't see it are all Brad's knuckle-headed jock friends who don't even question him even when Patrick practically announces it in the cafeteria.
I kept looking at the time realizing I still had forty-five minutes, a half hour, twenty minutes to go, wanting to puke from eating so much angst, until I finally was shouting out loud “It's David Bowie's song Heroes, good God, it's not exactly obscure!!!!” Logan German is miscast as a moody high school freshman (who looks like he' at least 16) who befriends a group of seniors (Ezra Miller, Emma Watson and Mae Whitman chief amongst them) who help him come out of his shell.
His homosexual character is a bit cliché, but I was happy that they actually weren't afraid to give him a sex life (though not graphic, I'm surprised it didn't land an R-rating because of it). However, as a father of two girls in college, watching this film is a bit tough for me, as I WANT to assume that real young people don't do drugs, stand up in fast-moving cars, have sex, or, well...have sex.
But I also know this naive and although I would hate for younger teens to see this movie (as it might give them a sense that they should grow up too fast), it IS a good film. Far from perfect, ...but a good film. The film is about a very insecure and withdrawn young man entering high school.
It takes place over this single year of high school and ends when the older friends go off to college. But it is very enjoyable throughout and quite poignant--and deals with some VERY tough and complex topics--some of which are rarely ever addressed.
While I don't think the movie is as wonderful as most (since it's in the IMDb Top 250 List), it is quite good and excellent for an audience 16 and up...well, perhaps 17 and up. The protagonist is a thoroughly nice person, but haunted by a gruesome past that ultimately will strike him in what is the climax of the film.
It's about the cool, alternative, smart, pretty and older group of people he starts hanging out with. Even tho the members of this group are all very bright in theory, this does not reflect on their choices within the film's plot.
Sam is having a relationship with an all-through asshole, and it's very obvious that he has a lower level of intelligence as well. Charlie is then persuaded into a relationship with Mary Elizabeth, supposedly a Harvard candidate, who is also ignorant to seeing Charlies real desires to want Sam.
The group becomes mad at him because he has now hurt both Mary Elizabeth and Sam for desperately showing this. He becomes, for a very brief period, cast out of this group until he hits (this bit is unclear even in the film) a person and is suddenly a hero again.
Conflicts in this time area of the film are quickly started and solved. I like the ending, because it is much more intriguing than the overstated personal dramas of this overly cool but not popular group of people we follow.
But a lot of the plot is only to please the youthful audience and to feed them with a film that appears alternative but is really just a remix of the old. But I mean, if you're fourteen you'd not only love this film, but maybe also find it intriguing to display yourself through the identity of the characters.
I read the book about a decade ago, while in my late teens, and the story resonated with me on several levels. “Perks” was always going to be a difficult story to televise and the attempt is not a total cop-out.
The movie stays true to the book in many respects, and it's obvious that there was some thoughts put into capturing the feel of the written tale. I have no issue with the protagonist, Charlie, but the roles of Patrick (Ezra Miller) and especially Sam (Emma Watson) have been rather absurdly twisted, albeit each differently.
Patrick is overtly and flamboyantly homosexual, which becomes a real distraction. In the book, he was just a cool and funny guy for whom sexual orientation was a nuisance with which he struggled, but he didn't seem to consider it a core of his persona.
She has very little in terms of acting chops, and it's a shame that she keeps getting roles, on the strength of “Potter” fame, that she is totally ill-suited for. Sam is supposed to be a slutty girl gone good who is still feminine and unwittingly seductive.
Emma looks and acts like a preteen boy making it hard to understand Charlie's infatuation with her. The last problem that I want to touch upon is the lack of flow in the narrative.
The book also makes frequent jumps in time, but they are easier to digest due to transitional material. It makes sense that there is a time-lapse when Charlie starts writing his letter, but somehow that doesn't translate well to the screen.
It wasn't for a lack of trying, but I wish that the creators resisted the urge to capitalize on Emma Watson's supposed star power and instead found an actress well suited for the role. I am still none the wiser as to why he wasn't sorted out at his first trip to hospital before the film began.
And once he lets it all out to his new smiling psychiatrist, he is instantly cured? Emma Watson, you need to choose better directors and scripts, or you'll end up glossed over.
Take a leaf out of Jennifer Lawrence's playbook is my advice. Too Cute to Be a Wallflower This film is full of attractive young actors portraying high school kids, seemingly from affluent families based on their “secret Santa” gifts.
Charlie, played by Logan German, is a freshman with a great deal of sadness in his life because he had a favorite aunt, played by Melanie Minsky, whose life was a tragedy; and a best friend who committed suicide. In fact, Charlie, while intelligent and loved by his family, seemed to be oddly normal for a kid with such a long history of mental problems, for example, “seeing people.” The script seemed very dis-jointed, as if the writer didn't want to delve too deeply into any one subject.
It just seems like the writers thought they would just throw mud at a wall and see what sticks, but nothing too deep. One might falsely think that striving to be popular and “cool” is the main occupation of an average adolescent.
This film adds nothing new or original to this overload, and does not even attempt to show that there is more to the subject. Further, this film concentrates too much on a single person, the alleged wallflower “, and leaves the remaining persons very much as entourage. What hinders me in the scenario is that our main character can only be considered a wallflower for a relatively small-time frame.
He gets some friends in an early stage of the story, albeit all these are older than he is. I scored a 1 (lowest) for the audience award when leaving the theater.
I am at a loss why this film ended on place 8 for this award, with an average score of 4.52 (out of 5). I can only assume that other people find interesting material in these stories, which theory seems confirmed by the scores on IMDb.
Let me start by saying that I wanted to see this movie after watching an Emma Watson interview on some British radio. It was claimed that the movie is very moving and emotional, even made some people cry.
Well, I still don't know, because while I watched the movie my heart rate didn't change even a little. The movie is very formulaic and full of modern Hollywood teen drama clichés.
The main characters in the movie and their families are upper middle class suburban people, living in large spacious houses, on smoothly paved clean streets, with neat lush patches of grass in front of each house. They are teens without a single work day who drive huge pickup trucks, their goals in life are to get accepted in Harvard and become movie directors or writers.
The movie's pretense for drama is forced upon the viewer by creating a hardly believable plot of sexual mismatch, sexual intolerance, sexual depravity, relationship abuse, teen drug experimenting, a suicide and a car accident thrown in for good measure. The only thing missing was someone getting cancer and beating it through sheer will (or tragically dying).
I could've forgiven this movie and its pitiful attempt to deliver a meaningful message if it wasn't the fact that they hired a mainstream actress famous for being the unfulfilled wish of hundreds of millions of heterosexual young males just to make sure someone will get duped into watching it. It's a movie about the tragedy of being born in a rich family and having no one else to look up to besides other jaded, spoiled and detached from reality brats.