Welcome to the island of misfit toys – A Perks of Being a Wallflower Review

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I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower quite a while ago, and for some reason I never got around to doing a review. My sister watched Perks with one of her friends last night and this reminded me about the movie, so I felt I should put up a quick review.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the novel (which I read after I watched the movie) of the same name. The original author, Stephen Chbosky, is also the writer of the screenplay, and the director of the movie, which is why the movie retains the spirit of the book so closely (it amazes me that he managed to wrangle this deal). The story focuses on Charlie, a slightly odd 15 year old who is trying to find his place in the world. By chance he befriends Patrick and Sam, and his life is never the same.

The Good

  • Great performance from the Logan Lerman as Charlie
  • Great performance from Ezra Miller as Patrick
  • What starts off as a typical angsty teen movie actually becomes quite emotionally deep, and offers some genuinely unexpected twists along the way
  • Awesome soundtrack

The Bad

  • Emma Watson proves for the most part she can act, but there are one or two of her scenes which feel a bit forced

Movie Rating: For anyone who has ever felt like an outcast, this movie will feel like someone was stalking you and making notes about your life. This movie was brilliant and moving on so many levels. If you haven’t seen it, make a plan and go watch Perks now!

If you enjoy the movie, I really recommend you pick up the book. It’s slightly different, and things come across a bit differently because of the way Charlie sees things, but it’s well written and it’s an easy read.


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