Film Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

In the days of 3D films and IMAX cinemas, it’s not often that many movies are called modern classics. This is just one of the many reasons why the film adaption of Stephen Chbosky’s bestselling novel is so unique.

Like the book, the film follows Charlie, a social misfit beginning his first year of high school who is soon welcomed into a group of seniors by Sam and Patrick, step brother and sister (played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller).

Through the help of his English teacher and newfound friendships, Charlie is soon introduced to a world full of excitement: parties, drinking, music, literature and, okay, maybe the occasional hash brownie.

The film benefits from having Chbosky directing as well as writing the screenplay. The characters people will have grown to love in the novel were perfectly reflected on screen. Emma Watson broke out of her Hogwarts shadow flawlessly, even mastering an American accent brilliantly.

Ultimately the film is a celebration: of youth, first love, heartbreak, friendship and finding your true self. Chbosky does an incredible job of reflecting the excitement and unpredictability of high school, what it means to find people who accept you for who you are and what it feels like to go on the perfect drive at night whilst listening to the perfect song.

Everyone must see this movie. I guarantee by the time you walk out of the cinema, you’ll want to listen to David Bowie and spend your nights driving through tunnels in a pick up truck. Trust me, it’s a lot more romantic in the movie.


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