Shilo_R_A’s review published on Letterboxd:
I remember seeing ads for this thing on newspapers and magazines from 2012, wow. I mean, I didn't read it on 2012, I read it on 2015 or something cause my grandpa keeps all sorts of newspapers and magazines and just hand it over to us every now and then. So, yeah, feels like I've known of this film forever, and yet, yesterday was my first time watching it.
btw, never read the book, so I won't compare them both or anything.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age drama film, and it's based on a book by the same name. The guy who wrote the book, Stephen Chbosky, was involved a lot in the creation of the film as well, which is a good thing most of the times, since he could communicate the original ideas from the book the way he wanted to.
The movie follows Charlie (Logan Lerman), a 15 year old wallflower with some skeletons in his closet, that just started high school. At first he can't really fit in, but later he meets two seniors - Sam (Ema Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), and they form this special bond together, and...that's kinda how far I can sum the film without spoiling too much.
Now, it may have sounded as if there isn't much of a plot here, and...tbh. that's kinda how it feels. The plot isn't really cohesive, and it doesn't feel like a film with a specific, unique plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. And if I've already started to list my complaints, the dialogue feels quite cringy from time to time, yeah. It's not a terribly written film, but a lot of moments feel really cliche here.
But, you know what? I kinda like this film, despite its flaws.
The cast is decent (I especially like Ezra as Patrick), the soundtrack is pretty good, and I mean, come on. This film has a lot of moments that feel nostalgic in a way, and even though I find to plot quite chaotic, somehow the film kept me intvested enough to enjoy it, to an extent.
The characters aren't that deep (yeah, they tried to make Charlie a deep character but I didn't find him to be that interesting. I'd say that I was way more invested in the side characters than Charlie) but they don't have to be deep in order to make this film entertaining. They're fun, I like the interactions between them, and that's about enough for this kind of film.
I think that I'll sum it up this way - this film has tons of flaws, not much of a plot and a lot of cringy dialogue, but it still has some charm and simple-yet-effective characters, that made me enjoy it overall. I had a good time. I'm feeling a 6.7/10 on this one :)