Hi guys~ Here's my review on Perks of Being a Wallflower! This is one of the movies I was waiting for quite eagerly ^_^ I know the novel is probably better and I'll DEFINITELY read it, but anyways, let's go!
Synopsis: Charlie starts high school with no friends and a lack of support. When he meets Patrick and Sam, they and their circle befriend him. The issues in their lives become major turning points for change, and sometimes conflict.
Opinion: In the very beginning, the story feels as if it'll be yet another coming-of-age movie, filled with pigeon hole characters and overdone plotlines.
Charlie (Logan Lerman) seems like your typical, antisocial protagonist. Patrick (Ezra Miller) appears to be pretty much the outgoing, worldly mentor. Emma Watson's character, Sam, reminded me at first of the trope Manic Pixie Dream girl, whose aim is simply to induce Charlie to get his act on!
But through the course of the movie, I discovered they were more than just that: they were incredibly portrayed and multi-faceted. Charlie wasn't just unable to gain friends for being 'uncool', Patrick wasn't just the 'gay friend' and Sam wasn't just the 'MPDG with the bad past'. They had their faults, their backstories (even though most were never fully explained) and were incredibly 3D. The "island of misfit toys", though a typical aspect to the bildungsroman genre, engaged me with their eccentricities.
And I'm a big sucker for good characters, so everything else might as well be perfect, haha.
Seriously though, the story itself was interesting though average (as it had the potential to flop as 'yet another one of those films'), but the characters pulled it up and made it spectacular and memorable. And as for the ending? It was hopeful, bittersweet and brilliant.
(And yes, I cried.)
Till next time!