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'Perks of Being a Wallflower' is Story Worth Revisting

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012

Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012 11:11

The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Staring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
Directed by Stephen Chbosky
Opens Friday
Rated R
Grade: B+

“The Perks of Being A Wallflower” had plenty of room to be awful. The novel it’s based on is a collection of letters addressed to an undisclosed reader by a teenager named Charlie. Living in Pittsburg in the mid 1990s, Charlie is also an aloof character that could have been played a myriad of ways.

Luckily, Stephen Chbosky made sure his tale of teenage isolation stayed true to his intentions by writing the screenplay, producing and directing the film himself. Seeing the final product completely throws any doubt or apprehensions out the window. It is truly a fantastic adaptation of the novel that gives the original story plenty of room to breathe.

In the film, Charlie, played by Logan Lerman, is a quiet guy starting high school with an unsettling past. He’s the everyman you might have come across in your life at some point but probably paid no attention.

Step-siblings Patrick and Sam are colorfully played by Ezra Miller (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) and Emma Watson (Harry Potter series). It’s Patrick and Sam that find Charlie in the desolate place that he is in and bring him into reality. Together the three of them live as if they might die tomorrow, enjoying the excitement and heartache that comes with being a teen.

Whether you have read the novel or not, it is clear to see why Charlie and “Perks” mean so much to so many young adults.

Truthfully, it doesn’t matter whether you have ever heard of the story or not. There are plenty of movies staring 29-year-old actors that portray a glamorous version of high school but rarely do they ever come close to authentic.

“Perks” is shockingly emotional and will melt the coldest of hearts. You can’t help but feel for these characters and what it’s like to be an outcast.

Charlie is extremely innocent and it is easy to feel protective of the character. So much of the journey is narrated by Charlie that even though you’re watching his life unfold, you can still imagine that you are at home receiving his letters.

– Ana Anguiano, College Times

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