Monday, December 31, 2012
The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Quick Late Review
The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Cast: Ezra Miller, Emma Watson
Writer and Director: Stephen Chbosky
* and a 1/2 out of four
Freshman student Charlie (Logan Lerman) is having problems fitting in at High School. Everyone including his siblings seem to ignore him while he is there. During a football game he runs into a kid from his workshop class named Patrick(Ezra Miller) and his step sister Sam (Emma Watson). They both decide to take him along to parties and other activities to make him feel wanted. It is a typical coming of age movie until the climax which suddenly turns it into a thriller for no real reason unless you read the book. Oh boy it looks like I'm going to have alot more negative instead of positive thoughts on this one.
High school was never an easy time for me. I got my fair share of being picked on, and was awkward around certain people, but this main character kind of bothered me throughout this. It wasn't that he was shy, I just never found his whole ordeal to be all that interesting. It was sad hearing about the death of his best friend because I too lost someone close and can somewhat understand his torment a little. I just never understood why both Patrick and Sam would want to befriend him except for the fact they feel sorry for him. He wants so bad to make sure that everyone likes him he forgets how to make himself happy. Near the end of this feature,Charlie goes from quiet and shy to loud and dangerous so fast I thought a different movie had started. I understand that he has had a rough life, but wish that reveal would have came a little bit more earlier then it did
The Supporting cast of both Ezra Miller("We Need to Talk About Kevin") and Emma Watson(The "Harry Potter" franchise) was really good. I wished the focus would have been more on them, because I found their stories to be just as interesting if not more then the main one. Charlie is very much in love with Sam, but I never understood why she would be interested in him. His attraction to her makes sense because she was the first girl who spoke to him without calling him names. But what was it about this kid that made Sam want to kiss him. The romantic angle felt really out of place and very unnecessary. Another subplot that felt superfluous to me was the one about Patrick being gay and having a secret affair with a popular student. I have no issue with the character being a homosexual but the focus seems to concentrate more on his sexual orientation rather then his true persona. The movie does feature some good cameos from Paul Rudd as an English Teacher to make up wizard Tom Savini as a wood and metal shop one. Charlie even claims the English Teacher to be one of the best which is confusing because I never saw him really teach him anything. He just gave this kid some books. Was it that line he mentioned and I'm paraphrasing.
"We accept the love we think we deserve to have".
It's a good statement but I never felt that either Sam nor Charlie got the love they deserve. Their relationship was more of a friendship then a romantic one. I admire that Stephen Chbosky adapted his own book and even directed it, but he really could have used some outside opinion to make the story flow a little better.