Words Andrew Oliver
Coming of age happens to us all, that time in our lives when first loves appear and we start to discover who we are. These moments are captured perfectly in the Perks Of Being a Wallflower by director and author of the critically acclaimed book, Stephen Chbosky.
The story tells of 15 year old freshman Charlie played by Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson, The Three Musketeers), and his relationship with two seniors Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller).
Charlie is the kid that doesn't fit in, he's quiet, introvert and the only conversation he has at school is with his teacher (Paul Rudd), for whom he shares his love of literature.
We learn there is a reason for his nature, after the death of his best friend leaves him with mental issues.
Patrick and Sam allow him into their circle of parties, friends and the occasional use of relaxing chemicals.
It is his infatuation with Sam that really drives the story. She is his world, someone who listens to and understands him and his love for her grows as he battles to control his demons.
Patrick is his other confidant, and after playing a killer in We Need To Talk About Kevin, the part gives Ezra Miller the chance play the cool, not unhinged kid at school.
The film takes us on a journey through adolescence and may bring back memories of your own teenage years.
It is an enchanting story that keeps you watching and a movie that leaves a warm feeling inside. At times slightly harrowing as we watch Charlie fighting against his illness, but if there was ever a movie where you are rooting for the underdog, then it's this one.
A delightful, beautifully shot masterpiece that proves that being a wallflower isn't a bad thing. Being the kid in the background still gives you the chance to blossom.