October’s underrated treats: ‘Perks’ redefines adolescents
by Robert Perales, A&E Editor
Stephen Chbosky makes his directing debut in the coming-of-age teen drama, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” With an outstanding cast including Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, Chbosky successfully delivers one of the best films of 2012.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, “Perks” follows 15 year-old Charlie (Lerman) on an emotionally thrilling ride as he embarks on a journey through his first year of high school.
After leading a life of distress and loneliness, Charlie meets seniors, Sam (Watson) and Patrick (Miller), and quickly begins to break away from his troubled past.
Along his journey, Charlie encounters a wide array of ways to cope with his emotions including a growing relationship with Sam.
The film did more than compensate for its minimal budget by successfully adapting the novel into a film.
Although it was virtually impossible for Chbosky to transfer all aspects of the 213 page novel into a 102 minute movie, he did manage to hit most of the major aspects of the literary work.
While the novel was written in a letter format, the film successfully found a balance in which the characters thoughts could fully be developed.
The strongest component of the film may very well be attributed to the actors of the film.
Logan Lerman delivers a performance that perfectly resembles the novel. He manages to successfuly deliver Charlie’s emotions.
Both Watson, who has begun to break away from her roles in the successful franchise, “Harry Potter,” and Miller successfuly play supporting roles in the film.
The film manages to meet most major strides that young adults may experience: depression, drugs and alcohol abuse, sexual orientation, etc. while still finding a pleasant and entertaining way of presenting such an emotional journey.
The highly recommended film has made a total of 6 million dollars worldwide as of Oct. 16. As one of the best films of the year, “Stephen Chbosky’s “Perks” is a must see for all age groups. The film displays the emotional and physical difficuties of a youth’s journey to adulthood.