I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
We are infinite.
A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.
Being white, middle class and in high school during the ‘90s you’d think I would be able to find common ground with the white, middle class ‘90s high school students in The Perks of Being a Wallflower but it couldn’t be further from the truth. This indulgent, facile and deeply irritating coming-of-age drama is little more than a checklist of teen problems expressed with little insight or originality. The teenage years are a complicated period in most people’s lives. First World problems and social insecurities are magnified yet throughout these personal hardships there are defining and unforgettable highs. The Perks of Being a Wallflower predominantly concentrates on the former as privileged rich kids wallow in their problems.
It’s such a…
Some time has passed now since seeing this film and part of me really doesn't want to spend any more time contemplating the ghastly horror of it, but I need to get it out of my system before it drives me mad. The Perks of Being a Wallflower created a lot of fuss on release and more often than not has been described as a heartfelt if slightly quirky coming-of-age drama that tackles topics generally avoided by Hollywood. Having seen the film, I now know why the themes Perks “explores” aren't particularly frequent in the output of the much-maligned big studios, and the biggest reason is that it's too easy to completely mess up, as it is so well-demonstrated here.…
He is shy. He is terribly introverted. He has reserved for himself to drown in a traumatic past unable to let go off it. He thinks thrice or even more before he speaks or answers. He thinks thrice after he has spoken. He never takes centre stage. He is always the side show who gets mocked in the most inconsiderate ways. He is afraid of his future, counting the days that he has to be alone amongst a madly cheery crowd of people. He contemplates how much more of this loneliness he has to endure. For his whole life he made others happy, never once tried to make himself experience true happiness. He is beautiful, but has never allowed that…
You guys weren't kidding.
It sure makes this Painfully Accurate Parody of an Indie Movie Trailer seem painfully accurate.
I am fully aware I'm not part of this film's intended demographic, but still I expected much more from a film that seems to be getting a lot of love.
I'm tired of watching the stupendously dramatized woes of a bunch of fake, uninteresting, upper-middle class white kids. It is boring and hollow. Director Chbosky, who also wrote the novel and the screenplay, clearly loves his own material very much as he tries to smother his pedestrian plot in a sauce of false intellectualism and gives it a misplaced feel of importance.
It just isn't interesting or original enough, but they sure try to make it more than it is. The problem is,…
Somebody's going to have to do me a favour here.
I know it might be difficult and that because you only know me through Letterboxd (and possibly Twitter and maybe a wrestling forum) but just do your best. The next time you see or sense me being curious about a film that I know I am going to absolutely hate, then please stop me. By any means necessary.
As I remarked to Ahab on a list earlier today, at one point during this film I found myself making farting noises with my hand under my armpit. I probably should have done something more constructive like turn it off and watch something that I might have enjoyed or done some work…
It became rather harder to sympathise with the characters when I realised that they are all absolutely stinking rich. They have a big celebration where they give each other expensive presents and I just could not accept it. Presents like a tuxedo and a typewriter are not just items that you pick up on a whim. Considering that these characters can afford to buy each other expensive presents, it's particularly odd that we barely see anything of their parents during the course of the film.
The era of the movie is another issue. The film has the characters giving each other mix tapes, which is fine. But some of the music is clearly late 80s and it's clear that the…
Maybe objectively this doesn't earn five stars, but my heart gives it that much- I loved this movie, and the book (though I never finished it) was an important part of my adolescence because my best friend loved it and gave me a copy of it. It manages to handle such overwhelming sentimentality quite brilliantly, because it always treats it with the upmost sincerity.
Also the second time in 24 hours in which I watch a film featuring Air Supply. What gives?!
I feel like a psuedo-intellectual 15 year-old again.
This is an extraordinary film. It's not just another teen movie. It does on some really important subjects and does so very well too. I see bits of myself in the Charlie character, sad to say. It makes it so easy to relate. The film itself is packed with some wonderful performances. Ezra Miller takes the crown though. It's a really depressing movie with a gorgeous soundtrack. There's very little to complain about and I'm sure it'll stand the test of time.
Achingly earnest, the kind of film where characters standing in the back of a moving pick-up truck will rapturously spread their arms as if to embrace the world's possibilities. Some of this probably worked better as a novel; the constant voice-overs from Charlie (Logan Lerman) covering the latest developments in each character's story feels like getting updates from someone working their way through a TV show on DVD, and there's too much writerly dialogue that might work on the printed page but has no business coming out of the mouths of actual people ("Let's go be psychos together"? Ugh). I can understand Chbosky's desire to direct the adaptation of his own novel, but the material might have been better served…
it made me cry
All there is to say about this movie is "eeehhhhhh".
*Old review as well.
Every once in a while there comes a movie that captures your attention. Captures your imagination and most importantly captures the inner film fan in you. That happened to me while watching THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. I knew its a film based on a popular book, so popular that I hadn't even heard of it until I saw the film. When I sat down I said "here's another one of these movies based on a teen book" I wasn't really thrilled, I thought it was a chick flick to tell you the truth but once I started watching and paying attention to the plot and the characters that's when I began noticing that this…
A garota indie que gosta The Smiths. Checado.
Mas o filme é bom, ma oe :3
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