[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…
This weeks Monday re-watch. I just adore this film.
Considering the amount of bad reviews this has on here, due to its corny nature - I thought I'd despise this film. The first film I've seen Emma Watson in since Harry Potter is actually fantastic.
Logan Lerman is outstanding as the intelligent introvert - Charlie. Suprisingly, his internal monologues and narrative flowed perfectly and didn't seem disjointed or out of place. Also, Ezra Miller is completely different to when I saw him in We Need To Talk About Kevin. A talented young actor with a very touching story in this film. We're never given an actual indication to the year of this film but based on casettes and the style of home telephones - it must be early 90's.…
It may be deeply corny in places, but I think my five-star review of Mission to Mars has proved that I'm not averse to a little corn. Either way, I thought this was very sweet. Ezra Miller is easily the stand-out; Logan Lerman has the difficult job of playing an extremely shy character, but I thought he did a good job. Consider my inner teenager fully unlocked, now to spend the night wondering what on Earth I've done with the last 16 years. Hooray!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I am kind of mixed-to-negative on this film, falling more on the negative side. I loved the performances from the main trio (and really all of the kids and even the parents of our lead) and they are all acting the crap out of pretty contrived and kind of terrible narrative material, milking it for all the dramatic 'life changing' moments that it is worth. I think it is based on the performances alone that I ended up feeling any emotion at all, as they inspire some flashes of a sense of friendship and belonging that feels truthful (if arch and extreme) that regularly gets submerged underneath huge numbers of nutty contrivances. Perhaps I just had an uneventful life as…
"We accept the love we think we deserve."
"Because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody."
So, another novel-based with coming-of-age basic plot and I understand why imdb says this deserve 8.1/10. I haven't read the book yet but I think it's okay to expect more from the book when the 100 minutes movie is already beautiful. The main characters full-of-stars casts and shockingly they fit everything and they make a great chemistry. The slight personal life from each of they three (Logan Lerman as Charlie, Emma Watson as Sam, and Ezra Miller as Patrick) explains the coming-of-age theme a lot despite of the high school setting placed since the very beginning. Insecurity, fear, and first love are explained well, too. Clean and lovely.
Directed by Stephen Chbosky this film based on the director's novel of the same name stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. An awkward boy with no friends starts high school and makes friends with some older kids.
Maybe my expectations were a little too high for this film but I found it to be a fairly average coming of age that trots through a lot of the usual cliché moments. There are actually some really interesting elements to the protagonist and the story but these are revealed way too late in the film for my liking. The cast is pretty good but Paul Rudd seems underused in his supporting role as “the good teacher”.
Coming of age. Likeable enough. We've been here before. 'What song is this?' It's Heroes by David Bowie. 'I found that song!' What? You mean Heroes by David Bowie?
Very sad. These kids and their struggles and interactions are infinitely more realistic than other teen movies like The Breakfast Club.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- In the Mood for Love
- Children of the Corn
- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
- The Ladykillers
- Man of Steel
- War Horse
- The Dark Knight Rises
Most of these aren't NEARLY as bad as everyone makes them out to be on here. And I don't particularly…