The Perks of Being a Wallflower director gets a lot of help from his vast members. Stephen Chbosky should be thankful to Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller for their work in the adaptation of his young adult bestseller.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is just the second movie that Chbosky directed. The movie is a look at a troubled teenager’s first year in high school. Chbosky utilized his novel’s main narrative device, which are letters written by Charlie (Lerman) the depressed freshman to an anonymous person.
There were a couple of things lost in the translation from paper to the big screen but they were bearable. There were lots of literary references and homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The movie is an emotional rollercoaster ride.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set in a Pittsburgh suburb in 1991. It is Charlie’s first days in high school and he is scared that he will forever be alone. He is a smart and sensitive kid and his best friend Michael committed suicide a year ago. His second best friend Susan (Julia Garner), who was Michael’s girlfriend, has become popular and part of the in crowd.
His life turns for the better when he meets Patrick (Miller), an eccentric senior. Patrick then introduces Charlie to his stepsister Sam (Watson). Charlie’s life is starting to change and he feels that he can get rid of his loser status.
Charlie’s journey is gloomy if not for Sam and Patrick. Charlie is a wallflower, while Sam and Patrick try out all that’s available for them. The movie tackles several issues, such as sexuality and friendship. The driving force of the movie is Charlie’s personal history, which is revealed slowly by Chbosky.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is rated PG-13 for drug and alcohol use, mature thematic material, sexual content, and a fight involving teens.