Based on Stephen Chbosky’s book, The Perks of being a Wallflower has just hit the cinema and has had a mix of reviews. Stephen Chbosky directing and doing the scripting hasn’t quite worked seamlessly as the film seems to not stray from the book too much, a little disappointingly. Thousands of Harry Potter fans have been eagerly anticipating Emma Watson’s return and in this film, though her acting, complete with American accent is perfect; the film in itself hasn’t quite lived up to the hype.
When you go to a movie, or read a book, the first thing you look for is a plot. Whether you want something filled with thrilling suspense or some moral dilemma you definitely want the character to face a certain problem (although if they overcome the problem is up to you – personally, I love a happy ending). However, The Perks of being a Wallflower, there isn’t much going on. The basic theme is a boy who has just started American high school. (This is the English equivalent of the English Year 10.) Charlie (Logan Lerman), our hero in this film, is a sort of nerd and doesn’t have any friends until he meets Sam and Patrick (Emma Watson and Ezra Mille). Because of this friendship, Charlie gets to go to cool parties and feel “part of the gang”. However, despite the makings of a potential high-drama film, apart from a slight argument, there isn’t much in terms of plot.
However, despite the poor plot, the acting in this film is brilliant. Emma Watson has matured to play a teenage American, and ironically, really bad a school work. She has the American accent down to a tee. (I can only imagine how much time she has spent in front of the mirror.) But it’s not just her. The whole team of actors has amazing reactions to every little detail, that the viewer really feel as if the circumstances in the film have really occurred. With this to her C.V, I can really see Emma Watson acting in big time roles in the future.
The acting makes up for the disappointing plot, and although it won’t be winning any major awards, The Perks of being a Wallflower is a nice, cosy thing to do on a rainy day with the family.