“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” exceeds expectations, offers great acting, message

Jansen Hess, Sports Editor

Editor’s note: You can also read a review of the novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” here.
“You see things, and you understand. You’re a wallflower.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a probably the most accurate film depiction of high school life that I have ever seen. It’s a film based on the critically-acclaimed novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky, and is a coming-of-age tale about a freshman boy named Charlie (Logan Lerman).
Charlie is a shy, naïve freshman boy who writes letters to an anonymous friend because he really doesn’t have any other friends — until he meets step siblings Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson). They introduce Charlie to a whole new way of life. They introduce him to fun, drugs, sex, homosexuality and everything else included in high school. Charlie begins to find himself.
That characters are portrayed beautifully in this movie. It was pretty much a perfect match. Lerman has an uncanny ability to appear awkward and semi-disturbed, which is Charlie in a nutshell. He was able to display the Charlie I saw in my mind when I read the book. It was remarkable how well he did with such a difficult role to play. Props, Logan.
Miller also has a very difficult role, which he mastered. He had to somehow create a character who had to be happy hiding his gay relationship because his partner wasn’t ready to come out yet. I don’t know how he did it, but he did and he was absolutely fantastic.
This was Watson’s first major motion picture since ending the Harry Potter series. Knowing her only as Hermione Granger, it was weird to see her play someone else. It was even weirder that she wasn’t speaking with a British accent. Despite the drastic difference, Watson nailed this role. She was unbelievable. In the book, Sam was the girl who didn’t care what other people thought about her. She was the girl who took Charlie under her wing. And she was the girl who had a troubled past that no one understood. There really aren’t words to describe how amazing Watson was in this film — you’ll just have to see it for yourself.
This movie carries many messages within its scenes. Feeling infinite is just one of the big ideas You know those times where you’re on top of the world and nothing can bring you down? This film shows how important it is to be able to have those moments, even if they aren’t derived from the most practical ideas — like standing in the bed of a truck that is going 45 mph.
Despite how lighthearted that aspect of the movie may seem, it also covers some pretty deep stuff that so many people go through. Things like depression, suicide, and sexuality.
Although it didn’t exactly follow the book, it came pretty close.
The themes played out just perfectly. I won’t go into it any further because I don’t want to spoil the ending. This film was remarkable. The messages it carries within the script are unbelievable. And the messages in between the lines are even more incredible. This movie will leave you speechless.
“We cannot choose where we come from, but we can choose where we go from there.”