[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…
I like this movie way more than I probably should. It's not the best looking movie. I hated the book. I am passed its target demographic by a good decade.
But all the same I thought this movie was something wonderful. It evokes what it feels like to be a teenager as well as any movie I have ever seen. The three leads are all fantastic. The music is perfectly chosen. There's a handful of scenes that have stayed with me years after I first saw it.
I don't fully love the end of the story, and that would be my one complaint, but besides that I think "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a really special movie.
TPoBaW is a retrospective look at high school even though nobody in the film is looking back.
The present flashes before us on screen. The joys and sorrows of three teenagers as they muddle through the minefield of their youths is sincerely presented, but there's a nostalgia to it. As Emma Watson rises up in the backseat of a truck speeding through a tunnel and spreads her arms in youthful abandon to Bowie's immortal rock ballad, we are with her both now and after the fact. All at once it is happening and has already happened. And so when Logan Lerman looks up at her lovingly and says, 'In this moment, we are infinite,' we understand exactly what he means.…
I think this film has had a lot of stick for no good reason.
I agree The Perks of Being a Wallflower stereotypes teenage problems, hinting at important things like homosexuality and even suicide, yet never delves deeper than the surface. It's a bit like a slideshow of all the issues young adults face during high school without focusing on anything in particular.
Despite this, I find this an absolutely delightful film. The performances are brilliant, and the soundtrack is nothing short of perfect.
In particular, the last 3 minutes featuring Charlie's Last Letter and the final rendition of Bowie's Heroes never fails to bring tears to my eyes.
This film may not tick all the boxes it set out to, but it's a wonderful novel adaptation and one of my favourites, despite Emma Watson's sometimes dodgy American accent.
There's a bit of a shaky start; the first half has several awkward pieces of dialogue (the blame is split between the forced "quotable moments" in the writing and some a-bit-too-serious acting). At a certain point though, once all the characters have been introduced, the film becomes irresistibly likable - a deft blend of heartbreak and joy. Maybe it's just because I've seen it so many times by now, but I feel as if I can live vicariously through the characters, sharing in on their pain, love, amazement, etc. Logan Lerman is the perfect Charlie; he's awkward and introverted but lovable and good-intentioned. Personal meaning obviously plays a role in my fondness for this film.
With: Kelly Gullett
Where: Theater room
An adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel (one of the worst I've ever read), directed by its author, one of them good ol' American coming-of-age comedy-dramas. The movie is somehow an improvement on the book. But just an improvement in external things: the core of both is terrible. Pre-Facebook (so it's not unholy garbage) but nostalgia-soaked anyway (so it's a bit crummy and facile and go-fuck-yourself stupid). Better than THE WAY WAY BACK, that's for sure, but that isn't saying much.
High school candor, huh? Actually a pathetic hipster twee mess of perfectly contrived crap. The script, among many other failings, invites you to make fun of "Poetry writes me" baloney but lets you sling it around yourself elsewhere (mixtapes…
Took a break from my Linklater watching because the girlfriend really wanted to watch this (sigh). Seriously, this wasn't awful but was definitely underwhelming. The first half or so of the film in particular, and really even longer, definitely had me rolling my eyes. There were just so many cliches, the douchey football players, the brutal initiation, the quirky (I hate that word) main characters who are supposedly likable because they listen to the Smiths and have come to the shocking conclusion that top 40 music sucks -- not even true though, what about Kanye, Drake, Daft Punk or Kendrick? And really, that was my biggest problem with the film, the protagonists are hard to like. They sulk around, they…
This movie is a little too precious. There's only so much drippy sentimentality that I can stomach. Also, all the hipster references were obvious and pretentious. We get it Mr. Director --having your characters listen to The Smiths and watching Rocky Horror Picture Show is your cheap way of telegraphing that the characters are super "alternative" and "sophisticated." Barf.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I really like these kind of movies. Interesting, relatable characters, meaningful story... Awesome!
- 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…