“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

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They started showing the previews of this film months ago, then stopped.  But recently the movie did finally arrive — they don’t always.  (Sometime I should ask them about that.)  It delivered pretty much what I expected.

From the theater’s website:

A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope—and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.

I guess…but I would say it is both more and less than that description.  It is a sweet movie with nice kids in it — some familiar faces and some new ones — and they all seem to be doing a good job with their roles.  The story is partly predictable and partly mysterious — all is revealed in the end, and it is successfully cathartic for the main character.

I suppose I can’t complain about its realism if it is based on a true story, but some of the developments seemed far-fetched.  Perhaps it is not taken from a true story, after all, though?   It is based on a book by the same name, which is described as an epistolary novel (I don’t enjoy those, so I won’t be seeking this one out.  As far as I can tell, however, the movie seems to have stayed pretty close to the book), which explains the occasional awkward scene of Charlie (the protagonist) voicing (voice-over-ing?) letters that he is writing to a never-identified recipient, in order to advance the plot or explain his situation.

The title phrase is never said, so I guess I will remain ignorant of what those perks might be.  The filmmakers made a good choice of music for the scenes of standing up while driving through a tunnel in a pickup truck, though: “Heroes” by David Bowie.

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