Thursday, 13 February 2014

[Movie Review] The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Movie Title      : The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Directed by     : Stephen Chbosky
Produced by    : Russell Smith, Lianne Halfon, & John Malkovich
Based on        : The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Distributed by : Summit Entertainment
My Rating        : 4 of 5


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an American coming-of-age comedy-drama about Charlie (Logan Lerman), a high school student, who is nervous about beginning his freshman year. Shy and unable to make friends, he connects only with his English teacher, Mr Anderson (Paul Rudd). But then, Charlie is befriended by two seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller). Sam realizes that Charlie has no other friends, so she makes Charlie part of their group. Charlie agrees to help Sam prepare for her SAT exams. Sam and Charlie are getting closer, even though Sam has already had a boyfriend. Then, one of their friends, Mary Elizabeth (Mae Whitman), who is attracted to Charlie, asks him to the dance. After the dance, she declares how glad she is to have him as her boyfriend. Mary Elizabeth dominates the relationship, and Charlie grows irritated by her. At a party, they break up during a game of Truth or Dare when Charlie, without thinking, kisses Sam after being dared to kiss the most beautiful girl in the room. Sam and Mary are furious at Charlie, and he returns to isolation after Patrick tells him to stay away while things cool down. 

One day, Patrick gets into a fight, and Charlie helps him out. Patrick, Sam and Charlie then reconcile. Sam breaks up with her boyfriend after learning he has been cheating on her. The night before she departs to college, Sam brings Charlie to her room. After having several confessions to each other, they kiss. The next morning, Charlie says goodbye to Sam and Patrick. Charlie is left emotionally shaken as this incident triggers his childhood memories. He has always been seeing things - flashbacks of his memories in life, including the death of his Aunt Helen (Melanie Lynskey) who died in a car accident when he was seven years old. Charlie calls his sister and blames himself for Helen's death. His sister realizes that Charlie is suicidal and calls the police. Charlie passes out as they burst through the door and wakes up in a hospital. Dr Burton (Joan Cusack), the hospital psychiatrist, tells Charlie's parents what is wrong with him. Charlie undergoes therapy with Dr Burton, recovers and returns home where he is visited by Sam and Patrick. The movie ends with them hanging around together like the old time.

It's a sweet movie about friendship and love, and also some other complicated issues that sometimes are faced by high school students. The plot is brilliant, with conflicts that usually happen in teenagers' life. I love how they wrap it all together into one movie. It might not be the best movie, but I like it. It taught me a lot of things in life. The casts are fantastic! Emma Watson looks so gorgeous here, and Logan Lerman is such a talented, good looking dude, and so are other casts. They play their roles very well. I'm so happy Charlie wants to be a writer as I do, too! The title is long but interesting. I don't know why but I like long titles! They're unique. There's not much to say about this movie, but I think teenagers should watch it to learn more about life ahead of us.

I also posted this review on my Bubblews account. Check it out!

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