Although I tend to watch a lot of documentaries, I do also watch some “regular” movies, and yesterday I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman and Paul Rudd. I vaguely knew it was based on a book (by Stephen Chbosky who also directed this film) but the main reason I picked it up was that Emma Watson was in it and I was curious to see her play something other than Hermione. There are those who may have once lived and breathed for all things Harry Potter, but I honestly never got that into it (I know, sacrilege!) although I’ve read a few of the books and seen most of the movies. I was more interested in the fact that after seeing the odd interview or article on Emma, she seemed like a starlet that actually kind of had her stuff together, so I was curious if her acting followed suit.
“Welcome to the island of misfit toys.”
– Emma Watson as Sam
So, what makes this so special that I want to blog about it? Well, frankly, I loved it. I’m not always into the teen coming of age flicks since high school stories don’t exactly bring me shining happy memories, but this cast had a synergy and energy that was just remarkable to watch. The story had depth and the characters made it come alive, making it both believable and moving without giving you that feeling that you’ve seen this all before, when, let’s face it, you usually have. Not quite so with this movie. This movie still had something new to offer you. Having a decent soundtrack also didn’t hurt.
Speaking of new (or newish since it’s the first time I’ve seen him), I really enjoyed Ezra Millers character, Patrick, who I think was quite the show stealer. Sometimes these types of films are all comedy, so if you are looking for light, fluffy and funny, you probably aren’t going to be pleased. If you are ok with a slightly more mature storyline, and a plot you can dig into then this might be for you. I loved the fact that this is also an assortment of misfits who come together but even though they all have their own damage, there is still hope, and love and camaraderie. Plus, there’s a few poignant and insightful snippets.
“Why do I, and everyone I love, pick people who treat us like we’re nothing?”
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
– Emma Watson as Sam to Logan Lerman as Charlie
So, if I’ve piqued your interest, check out the trailer below for the movie, or consider the book (I know I’m gonna!), which I have a feeling might just be better.