The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky, 2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky, 2012)

A coming-of-age story with no real major flaws – just a bit to un-cinematic for me. The aesthetics are quite dull. What should have been an ambiently lit and intimately shot film was a safe execution of the camera staying put and making sure everything was squarely framed. Anyway, these characters are so likable it’s almost impossible not to feel some sort of connection. I really have nothing in common with these kids and even I felt a part of their circle. The best part is Chbosky’s ability to recognize his flaws (the film is autobiographical) and poke fun at his youth; the kids’ constant declarations of being so into ‘good’ music but being unable to recognize one of David Bowie’s most popular songs was hilarious. There are a lot of accurate and universal ideas about the hardships of being a teenager here, and while things might get too dramatic too often, overall this does several things right.  7/10

perks of being a wallflower

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