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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd.
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Genre: Drama, Coming-of-age, Romance.
We’ve all endured the long, torturing days of high school and the thrilling experiences that came along with it. Remember counting down the days left till the holidays arrived, the queen who walked the halls while the rest trembled in her midst or worshipped her feet, the egotistical jerks of the soccer team who thought they owned the school, the computer geeks and the mathletes, the hippy chicks and the Goths. And then you get the wallflowers-quiet, awkward and very irrelevant.
Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky (Director), this modern classic follows shy freshman, Charlie (Logan Lerman) through his first year in high school, where he struggles to fit in. But his world turns around when he’s taken under the wings of two seniors Patrick (Ezra Miller) and his step-sister, Sam (Emma Watson) who welcome him to the real world. Before he knows it, Charlie is surrounded by a close circle of misfits who he sees as his friends. Complicated relationships begin to form, and Charlie begins to understand his sister, Candace (Nina Dobrev) whilst forming a strong bond with his teacher Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd.) Beyond everything, he learns what it means to grow up.
The simple yet effective storyline is made easier to believe with the acting skills of Logan Lerman who portrays the character of Charlie superbly. And his role is supported with that of the English rose, Emma Watson’s, whose character, funnily enough, is American. So not only do you get to hear Emma Watson with an American accent, but you also get to see her playing a role which is the exact opposite of Hermione Granger. From bookworm to a burlesque dancer, you wouldn’t even know it was her! The on-screen chemistry between the two young co-stars is convincing enough, so convincing that it stirred many rumours that the two were dating.
Since the film is set in the early 90s, the camera work is very straightforward giving it an effortless aura and the colour of the film isn’t exactly high-definition, as if it was, audiences won’t feel as if they’re watching a film set a few decades ago, but instead a film set in the present where everyone is a little out-dated. For such a heartfelt story and an original film, not many, if any, animations and special effects are needed. One particular scene that is sure to catch your attention is the tunnel scene where Sam (Emma Watson) stands at the back of a van with her hands in the air as the vehicle soars through a tunnel. The tunnel lights illuminate the dark night, and show the excitement and adrenaline on her face. And all this is made even better with David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ playing in the background. The 90s was a decade famous for its remarkable music, and that is shown clearly throughout the film with songs from the ‘Smiths’ and ‘Dexes Midnight Runners, you’ll find you can’t stop yourself from humming. Scored with some of the best tracks, this film isn’t just a coming of age story, but a soundtrack of memories also.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, with its witty humour and feel-good style; it puts films like ‘Ruby Sparks’ and ‘The Art of Getting By’, to shame. Filled with morals and mixed emotions, it is certainly something that teenagers worldwide will be able to relate to, as not only does it capture the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up, but also gives hope to people suffering in high school, and shows them that they are able to cope. I urge you to go and see this remarkable masterpiece- a moving tale of love, loss, fear, hope, and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.
Reviewer: Mariam Atcha