So last night I got to see the midnight release of, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Based on the book of the same name written by Stephen Chbosky, who is also the writer and director of the movie. The movie stars, Logan Lerman as freshman, Charlie, and Emma Watson as senior, Sam.
I went into this movie with extremely high expectations, and it met every single one of them. The movie stuck very very close to the book, and there were only a couple of scenes that were left out; a few of them were probably left out for pacing purposes and others just because they seemed unnecessary, but there was on scene left out clearly to avoid an R rating. There were a ton of funny moments in this with one of my favorite being during a Christmas party where Charlie got all of his friends presents, and he to his drug dealer friend bubbles which made him say, “He knows me.”
A couple things that I really liked about the movie was that the book is told in letters, but in the movie they showed what Charlie was thinking and the images he would see in his head which they didn’t really do in the book. Another thing I like was that some of the letter dialogue was taken directly of the book which I think was the only way to go with it. The other thing I liked was that the book took place in the years 1991-1992, and I thought they were just going to make this contemporary and I am so glad that they didn’t.
I didn’t really find anything to complain about while watching this; I think it’s one of the best, if not the best book adaptations I have ever seen.
The acting was amazing. Logan Lerman did an amazing job playing his characters naive-ness while also trying to hide a dark secret. Also I want to be a screenwriter and this movie made me realize Logan Lerman is the perfect person for the lead role in a screenplay I just finished; there was a party near the end of the movie where Charlie gives a very heartfelt speech to Sam, and it was the same voice I heard in my head when writing my screenplay. Emma Watson also did an amazing job playing a character we haven’t really seen her play before, and also she didn’t a great American accent.
9 and a half out of 10 stars