Watch Emma's Love Blossom in 'Wallfower'
I did not know what to expect upon walking into Perks of Being A Wallflower. I had not read the book, I had not read the synopsis and I had not seen anything more than the first trailer. My impression was that it would be a coming-of-age tale starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller.
And while it is a coming-of-age tale starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller, leaving it at just that is like describing The Breakfast Club as a movie about Saturday detention. It hardly begins to scratch the surface.
At its core, Wallflower is a powerfully personal, deeply resonant and perfectly acted expression of writer/director Stephen Chbosky's soul (adapted from his own novel). I believe that allowing the writer to have complete control over the cinematic incarnation of his celebrated book is exactly why the heart, soul and tear-ducts (yes, you will cry buckets) are so wonderfully represented throughout this masterfully painted portrait of adolescence.
While I suspect many will come for Emma Watson, it is Logan Lerman's work I'm still dissecting days later. His performance as Charlie is one of the bravest, most affecting and nuanced I've ever see from an actor his age. Massive kudos also go to Ezra Miller, chillingly haunting in We Need To Talk About Kevin, who proves here that his piercing power can be put to lighter use as well.
In short, Perks of Being A Wallflower is the best film about the struggles of adolescences I've seen since John Hughes put pen to paper more than three decades ago and an absolutely must see for anyone who has ever been 15-years-old.
Check out a trio of clips above and be sure to see Perks of Being A Wallflower in theaters on September 20.