Prior to this summer, I never read ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” But after seeing the trailer on and how excited people were getting over the big screen rendition of the book, I thought I would give it a shot. The book, tells the tale of high school freshman, Charlie (Logan Lerman), as he battles growing up, being alone and falling in love; all while making friends, enemies, and some of the not so best decisions of his young life. Starting his freshman year shy and alone, Charlie’s life quickly turns around after he is befriended by step-siblings Sam and Patrick (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller). From there the film follows Charlie as he lands his first girlfriend, gets into his first fight, has his first kiss, and experiments with drugs. Throughout the film, Charlie keeps a deep dark secret, which is revealed at the end of the film, almost as an interesting twist.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower will bring out every emotion possible in you. You will laugh, you will cry, and so much more as you almost grow up with Charlie, and imagine what it would really feel like to go through what he does as his plays out on the screen.
What I think make the big screen version of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” work so well is the fact that is was written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the same man who wrote the book. I think by having him write the screenplay, he was able to weed out some of less important story arcs from the book, while sticking to the true story line without having to water it down too much. Sure parts were taken out, but when you have to cut things down for time, that’s going to happen.
While “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” may not be a box office smash, I do think it will pick up somewhat of a cult following, especially among those who read the book. I loved the book, and loved the movie even more. The actors brought the characters I was already familiar with to life, allowing me to connect to them even more, and just wishing I could have hung out with them too while growing up.