Based on the 1999 coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky, a shy, introverted high school freshman with a history of mental illness discovers a world of excitement, cool music, and hip parties after meeting two seniors who take him under their wing.
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An obligatory rites-of-passage tale that belongs in that nostalgic canon of indie teen cinema. Chbosky, certified novelist granted the directorial mantra for his own source material, was a masterstroke; this suburban milieu in the eyes of a likeable but dysfunctional teen male protagonist, is conveyed with a deft touch and an empathy for the socially marginalised. Dare I say it, what a gateway into hipsterdom. 3.5
It really takes a lot for me to hate a film but... here you go! Yeah what a god awful movie. I feel like the movie's moral is that rape makes children shy! Acting was bad, main character was so fucking bland, visuals were crap. Emma Watson is hot and that's about it. What the fuck ever. One of the worst of 2012.
Some genuinely effective scenes, surprises, and a good performance by Ezra Miller vs. a bad one by Emma Watson and the pain of watching your favorite songs by The Smiths, Bowie, Pavement, New Order, and Sonic Youth set to such awkwardly on-the-nose coming-of-age melodrama that you'll think maybe you really were uncool after all. If mix-tapes carried STDs, every character would be dead. 3 out of 5 stars.
A big mess. The film struggles to achieve any type of personality at all. It illuminates the flaws of the book, especially how tacked on the Aunt subplot and subsequent ending feels. However, it was well made made and the acting (aside from a incredibly flat performance from Emma Watson) was superb.
Stephen Chbosky adapts and directs his own novel about a lonely teenage boy whose freshman year of high school looks bleak until he makes two very unique friends who introduce him to a whole new world. Beautifully told and lovingly written, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER at once embraces and upends the cliches of its genre, and emerges as one of the most moving and perceptive films about high school ever made.
At the moment, 3 stars, but might boost it to 4. An utter surprise, really funny, awkward in the best possible way, very dark and very emotionally engaging. Was expecting to hate it. It really makes you realise how bad a movie like Adventureland is. Unlike Adventureland this movie manages to allow a wide audience to identify with the main character without trading off trite cliches. Fuck it, 4 stars
I've never read the book but Chbosky whiffs the ending by revealing his hero was molested. It's almost like Chbosky is saying he's introverted and weird because he was molested. I find it insulting to all introverted and weird people. Otherwise a good film.