Writer: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Logan Lerman
Home Release: 04/02/2013
You don't often hear of authors becoming a huge influence in their novels film-adaption. With The Perks of Being a Wallflower, that is exactly what has happened; with author Stephen Chbosky adapting his story into a screenplay and then directing it. Thanks to this the characters stay true to their source material, and remain authentic and genuine; as well as the story still felling real, raw and emotional. You never feel like you are being taken for a ride, and each scene feels full of sincerity and honesty; despite the odd coming-of-age drama cliche.
|Emma Watson, Logan Lerman|
& Ezra Miller
As the months go by, and they grow and change, things happen that cause the group to drift apart. As Sam goes through various boyfriends, and Patrick tries to survive school as an openly homosexual student with a closeted jock boyfriend; Charlie finds himself lost and isolated again. It's here that Chbosy uses flashbacks to really get to the true roots of Charlie's traumatic past.
Chbosky does an absolutely superb job at directing his emotional teen drama, but for me the true congratulations needs to go to our leading trio, Lerman, Watson and Miller. Miller especially shines, after completely changing from the satanic Kevin in, We Need to Talk About Kevin. He is fun-loving, quick-thinking, and not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. However he still has his own personal issues to deal with, as his secret boyfriend Bard (Simmons) refuses to accept himself and the relationship.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Trailer