The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review: Destined to Become a Quintessential High School Classic

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The book is beloved by many, but the film has a lot to love too.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a near perfect high school movie that will tug at your heart strings all throughout. This is a film you do not want to miss.

The cliches of most high school movies are present, but what this film does better than most that have come before it is that it brings you right back into the thick of it. You feel everything as if you were friends with these characters.

Logan Lerman plays Charlie, a disturbed freshman who isn’t to sure of who he is. Lerman is perfect as he tries to find his footing in this world. His past gets in the way, of course, but Lerman never over acts like a lot of young actors do. The emotions feel genuine.

But speaking of his past, I do wish the film had been a bit less ambiguous about it (I admit that I had to double check with my friends to find out exactly what happened). The big reveal comes just a bit too late and therefore doesn’t resonate as well as it should. Still though, the rest of the film is just spectacular.

Emma Watson has some trouble getting that American accent down, but she brings the same conviction and charisma she brought to the last couple Harry Potter films here. I see big things for her future.

But the true revelation here is Ezra Miller, the friend who rounds out the trio as a closeted homosexual. He is brilliant and probably the most fun character to watch on screen. Again, he never over acts, he just feels real.

Between the main three, they manage to give the film just enough emotion and heart to win me over without over doing it. I expect that The Perks of Being a Wallflower will become as essential as The Breakfast Club in the coming years. Take a trip back to those awkward years, remember your journey to who you are, and observe, just like a wallflower. Grade: A-

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