the perks of being a wallflower stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller
the perks of being a wallflower stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller in a crazy stirred up film that starts with a simple high school tale that ends up becoming clearer by the end of the film.
Film making 4.5/5
Bonus Features 3/5
Recommendation 3/5 Stars
the perks of being a wallflower stars Logan Lerman as Charlie who is starting high school after some sort of life altering incident but we only get a hint at the beginning that something occurred in Charlie’s life. Charlie is your typical high school outcast who sits alone in the cafeteria and yearns for friends like many others have but only has his writing to occupy his mind.
Charlie meets Patrick played by Ezra Miller who is very much a high school outcast in his own right along with his half-sister Sam played by Emma Watson. Charlie instantly falls for Sam after a bit of confusion about Sam and Patrick’s relationship but Sam is not as attracted to Charlie in the same way.
Patrick and Sam are very much not your typical high school seniors while Charlie is a freshman just starting his high school journey but he does fit in the smaller crowd that Patrick and Sam are part of. Patrick is having a sort of affair with a high school football player and is openly gay while the football player is hiding behind his own status as football jock to keep his secret.
Charlie has typical but not earth shattering encounters with drugs and other emotional upsets but behind all his daily activities a secret of his own lies ready to spring forth at some time. Patrick has an encounter with the football players father after the father finds the two in bed together.
The next day at school while Patrick is walking past the football jocks table one of them trips him and Patrick decides to make a stand for their relationship. He tries to coerce the football player he has been sleeping with to defend him from his buddies but he only calls Patrick a fag and continues to tease Patrick with his buddies.
The football player acts dumb and innocent and just calls Patrick gay which sets off his buddies to taunt and ridicule Patrick in front of everyone until Charlie steps in. Quickly changing scenes we do not see Charlie snap and attack the group of football players but in a few scenes we see his anger and something deeply hidden escapes and he lays into the brutes teasing Patrick.
Charlie is taken to a hospital where he talks more with a psychiatrist and finally reveals what he has been hiding for years and is the main cause of his emotional problems. Perks does keep you guessing as you know there is some mysterious event that caused Charlie at one time to snap but we get no clear look at it until nearly the end of the movie.
the perks of being a wallflower is one of those films that is close to becoming a classic much like The Breakfast Club with its coming of age story but maybe missing this by a bit. While it does have excellent acting and a great story it just did not click where everything fell into place to create that magic that makes a film rise above a mere movie to classic filmmaking status.
One thing that keeps Perks from rising to a higher level is the almost idyllic look at high school life that the film takes at times which contrasts with the problems we see that many youngsters have. The film looks at both the highs and lows of typical teenagers in high school and tries to keep balance but we see a bit too much of the fun times even though the tribulations are more memorable.
the perks of being a wallflower is a good looking film and the Blu-ray edition does do justice to the film but occasional problems do mar the film a bit. The film was shot in 35 mm and did have some grainy scenes that are at times too soft for an inconsistent film as far as video quality.
While the quality is not up to today’s standards it does look good enough to view and enjoy so the quality is not a big deal as far as film enjoyment. Audio quality is much better with excellent but not perfect quality due to a lack of surround sound speaker use but overall very good.
Audio is mostly centered on the front of your sound field with occasional use of the rears in some scenes but mostly the films center and front speakers will be used. Actual sound quality is excellent with clear voice and great sounding music that happens often due to the nature of the film so overall audio gets a great score.
Bonus content includes audio commentary with writer/director Stephen Chbosky and another audio commentary with Stephen Chbosky, Logan Merman, Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons, Emma Watson Mae Whitman and Erin Willhelm. Extra features also include a five minute interview set, deleted scenes and a couple of unedited scenes for a look at the film before it hits the editing room for an interesting look behind the scenes.
The extras are about what you would expect and about the minimum I would expect for a film but kind of a disappointment that comes with reviewing films. I really enjoy different bonus features that stand apart but in most films and this one included the extras are not worth more than a single look.
the perks of being a wallflower is a great movie but could have reached that epic classic cult level of movie except for that special something that just missed the mark. The film does a great job of conveying the story of Charlie and his new friends and is well worth a rental but you may not like this coming of age film as a collection addition.