[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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…
Well done to Stephen Chbosky. For writing the book and translating it so well to screen. The casting is almost perfect and it LOOKS exactly as I imagined.
Enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to, mostly down to the performances of the relatively young cast, I think. Ezra Miller in particular was strong.
Although if these kids are so into their indie music, then they should be ashamed of themselves for not knowing 'the tunnel song'. Honestly.
Honestly not sure how I feel about this film. It's got a great cast, and the story was pretty true to the book and how I translated the characters. However, I feel sort of embarrassed admitting I liked it, as well as the book. It's just another quirky hipster novel that unintentionally romanticizes sickness (beats The Fault In Our Stars by a long shot, though) and maybe has a good message if you look deep enough. I don't know, I'm not complaining because I can totally indulge in this, but it's not the best it could be.
I have mixed feelings about Stephen Chbosky's coming of age tale. On the one hand, the film is incredibly sincere about towards its characters, and the three central performances work so well together that they make this film feel like a slice of life. On the other hand, the film is so trite about its story and plot that it feels utterly forced and almost comically pretentious.
I have never read Chbosky's original novel upon which this film is based, but seeing as how he both directed and wrote the movie as well (taking his treatment from a script that was partially written by famed director John Hughes), I suspect that the film and the novel are closely related. While…
One of the best from 2012. Three winning performances from Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson. The movie really does bring to light what everyone can go through when they are in high school from being a freshman to being a senior. It was interesting to know that the author of the book directed and he did a really good job. While the ending does feel a little rushed the movie overall really drives home its message about finding yourself.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is my favorite coming age movie. It describes america's pop culture and teenager lifestyle with an extraordinary way. It's energetic, refreshing, yet depressing.
The cast, especially Logan Lerman, acted pretty well. Personally i really like the cinematography and scoring. It explains what it feels like to live in 90's.
One of the most poignant aspects of almost every person’s high school experiences is that what we do during that time in our lives - during such pinnacle development - is ultimately never going to fall back on us in our adult lives. I feel confident in saying that, even though there are a myriad of pathways leading to different directions in our adulthood, a slightly black-and-white theory that a person either remains stuck in their adolescent state or actually gains the backbone to live out aspirations or fit in with the system are the two defining directions. For the latter group, of which pretty much represent the characters that Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower most delicately…
One step above usual teen movie.. But honestly never heard Bowies ' Heroes'
For some reason after a numerous amount of times watching this film, tonight it has made me cry the most it ever has. Something about Charlie's mannerisms and his personality..I just see myself in him so much. It makes me sad and also happy. Its hard for me to explain why and just how much I love this film, but I do. I really really do.
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
Most of these aren't NEARLY as bad as everyone makes them out to be on here. And I don't particularly…