The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an amazing novel that my friend Christina let me borrow in college. It was such a memorable read, and I think my friend and I may have even created some mix tapes.
Sometimes a movie totally and completely incapsulates the book it’s based off of. It’s a rare breed, but sometimes it magically happens. I think for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the right mix of aesthetics, scripts and actors came together to create something really amazing.
Movie Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
So, I’ve pretty obviously stated that I LOVED this movie, so now let me tell you why. First of all, The Perks of Being a Wallflower as a book is compelling – which means the movie had a lot to work with. That doesn’t guarantee that a book-to-movie conversion always works well (hello Eragon), but it gives it a fighting chance.
If you haven’t read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, please do. It follows the life of Charlie. A high school freshman who has trouble conversing with others, loves to read classic literature and is just trying to make some friends. I loved Charlie right from the beginning in both the book and the movie.
What a cutie!
Full disclosure: I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I was a freshman in college. Which was roughly 7 years ago. I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the movie keeping all of the nitty gritty details from the book, but I can say that the whole story was represented.
I didn’t get the sense that anything major was left out. If there was and you know it, please feel free to comment and let me know what was missing!
If we’re going to look at the movie as a separate entity from the book altogether (this is a common “this was NOT like the book” coping mechanism I use), The Perks of Being a Wallflower definitely still holds its weight.
Emma Watson and Logan Lerman deliver stunningly authentic portrayal of the highs and lows of high school and self-discovery. Charlie (Logan Lerman) is adorably awkward and bumbling. He’s shy and hesitant. He’s so smart that he asks for extra reading from his English teacher – dorky and admirable.
More than once, I found myself wanting to hug him and tell him that life after high school gets so much better. What makes Charlie’s story so much more than just another high school coming of age tale is that he deals with so many issues – like death, sexuality and drugs.
These complexities only served to add depth and richness to the story and keep me riveted the whole time.
Plus, I must give a shoutout to the actor who played Patrick. SO FUNNY! I loved the (necessary) comedic relief that kept things fairly light.
Do yourself a favor – read the book, then watch the movie. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is amazing in both forms, and I sincerely hope you love it as much as I did!!
This book has some gorgeously profound quotes, and you know the Pinner in me had to share. 😉