The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Love and Misfits (2012)

Writer and director Stephen Chbosky has recently created a spectacular screen adaptation of his own notorious novel. The Perks of Being A Wallflower moves through the terrifying emotions of adolescence, misfits and the importance of accepting yourself. Expect a unique journey through realism and exceptional attention to detail and discover the most dramatic and inspiring film of the year.

Logan Lerman plays Charlie, an ordinary American teenager commencing his first year of high school. He’s psychologically preparing himself for a tough year, considering his best friend is no longer present, his older sister doesn’t care about anyone and he hasn’t got the most outgoing of personalities. Luckily, Charlie is saved from eternal loneliness by two outgoing seniors, Patrick and Sam, who introduce him to a new, more mature, world of music, books and theatre. It’s only a matter of time before the three and some additional friends create a safe place to be different and embark on a journey of deep feelings, pain and broken perspectives.

Perks of Being A Wallflower is a distinctive film with realistic cinematography and admirable visual techniques. While entertaining and light-hearted, this film also touches on a number of darker themes. The film contains a few references to inspirational American books and artists as well as being directed by a fantastic soundtrack.

Logan Lerman showcases his talents and maturity as a leading actor with the confused and agitated Charlie. Starring alongside Logan is Emma Watson, the versatile and sophisticated Sam who delivers her role with sincerity and humility. Ezra Miller is the third addition to the trio and does well as the gay, eccentric and likeable Patrick. With three youthful and talented actors in the lead roles being accompanied by a number of recognisable faces such as Paul Rudd and Kate Walsh The Perks of Being A Wallflower easily becomes a favourite for teens going through high school.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a unique romance for anyone who likes an entertaining yet meaningful film about high school drama. Stephen Chbosky delivers a wonderfully clever and humourous film that might not be as iconic as the best-selling book but its insights into the lives of teenagers remain as effective as they were ten years ago. The perfect actors, cinematography and content; be pleasantly surprised by the masterpiece that is Perks of A Wallflower.


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