Review: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Providing the sterling voice-over is Percy Jackson’s Logan Lerman. Due to lacklustre film choices, Lerman hasn’t made much of an impact on the big screen but he finally shines bright as a naïve and complicated teen. Also Ezra Miller makes an impression as Sam’s gay stepbrother, Patrick. He grounds the character, beaming with self-acceptance and confidence but relies on Chbosky’s strong writing to steer clear of becoming a stereotypical victim [a slight departure from his role as sociopath in We Need to Talk About Kevin]. Lastly, Emma Watson leaves behind Hermione Granger once and for all. Her American accent isn’t fully convincing at times but, for a girl who has played the same character for ten years, she gives a solid and natural performance. With surprising depth, authenticity and three superb leads, The Perks of Being a Wallflower manages to be a likeable and touching adaptation.
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