Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Stars :  Logan LermanEmma Watson and Ezra Miller
Directed By: Stephen Chbosky
Written By: Stephen Chbosky (Novel and Screenplay)

They say "We choose our friends" but sometimes we may not realize it though but our friends find us or we are lead to the place or moment where we find those just like us  and become friends with. Our movie "The Perks of being a Wallflower" (TPOW) is kind of a similar story where a bunch of misfits find each other and fix each other unknowingly.

Based on the novel of the same written by Stephen Chbosky , TPOW is a brilliant movie which takes us to our moments where we found ourselves, discovered our real friends and found our moments of happiness.

Charlie (Logan Lerman) freshman at high school is scared ,fully  aware of the daunting years ahead of him is  alone, boxed up and like many freshmen tries to keep low during first days at school. He meets Patrick(Ezra Miller) a senior in his workshop class  befriends him and Sam(Emma Watson) , Patrick's step sister. Patrick is gay and Sam had a reputation , the three find comfort in each other. Patrick and Sam help Charlie open-up to his feelings, share his pain and make him feel wanted. Charlie provides that shoulder to Patrick and Sam which both of them were searching for to cry on and held on to gain strength. The story of  joy , love, pain and hardships in their friendship is "The Perks of Being a Wallflower".

The first thing that catches the eye is the smooth transition of the movie from one scene to next, I guess its one of  the perks of being the author and screenplay writer for Stephen . The characters created are very much from everyday school , none very much like the hyped high school movie s. The direction by Stephen is brilliant, the moments are very well held by the actors and what keeps them fresh is the build up to them. Like the moments when Patrick drives with Charlie to the park after he is beaten up or Sam's confession to Charlie , all of them are like pictures frames, complete and near perfect.

Performances are WOW , Logan Lerman as Charlie is perfect, soft, subtle and one can see the transition of him growing into comfort around Sam, Patrick and himself. He communicates a lot though his eyes, I suppose acting like a perfect wallflower. The stand out performer is Ezra Miller, for a moment he is that ball of energy and then transforms into a closed chamber waiting to just burst open. Ezra plays Patrick effortlessly , transforming from an indifferent senior to the protective big brother and into vulnerable heartbroken man , never loosing Patrick. Emma Watson as Sam is great , fits very nicely into the character, actually better than I expected but yet somehow I feel at some places she tries too hard. Over all performances of the lead are seriously good, while the support from the other actors is high appreciable.

The best things about this movie were the story, the whole feel of the movie and the performances. Its not complicated with so many complicated characters, its pleasing to the eyes and heart. Its emotional, its funny and its about friendship , almost all the things that make a good movie.

Rating : 9/10

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