The Perks of Being a Wallflower - A Review (EN)

24. august 2014 at 12:45 | Anny |  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Screenplay by: Stephen Chbosky
Based on the book by: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev
Rating: 5 out of 5

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, since published in 1999, has been an highly acclaimed novel by a Pennsylvanian writer Stephen Chbosky. On the base of mostly positive critism had the author himself decided to bring on a motion picture version. The book especially found a lot of fans within teenagers and young adults. The film should be more than a portray of his brilliant work. It should impersonate the creation. With everything that belongs to it. The emotions, atmosphere of going through the hard years of adolescence and getting to know the strange feelings called love as well as bearing the sometimes unfriendly setting in an American high school.
The story's main character's name is Charlie. Or at least we call him like this. He's fifteen and he spends a lot of time writing letters to a stranger, whom he doesn't tell his true identity. And he is being absolutely honest. The summer break is at the end and he is about to join his freshman year at Mill Grove High School. First days are really hard, because none first years are taken seriously at American high school. Charlie attends advanced English course, because he likes to read. Although his participation is left behind, Mr Anderson, his English teacher, notices him right for the first time anyway. And so he becomes Charlie's mentor figure for the rest of the story and their friendship is really important. Life at school gets so much better, when Charlie goes to a football game, where he meets Patrick, a funny kid, whom he had seen before in shop class, and Sam. They are both seniors and very experienced in the field of surviving school. As they observe Charlie's situation, they instantly decide to take him under their wings. They show him treasures of friendship, they tell him about their lives and they quickly become the best friends Charlie has ever had. The little they know about the mental illness of his though, which forces Charlie into having memorial flashbacks about his aunt Helen, who, quoting Charlie, was the first person he has ever loved.
The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky, the writer of the book. By this, he avoided the danger of unwanted or left out scenes, which might emerge if someone else took it. However, there are still a few minor differences. For example Patrick's character. In the book, he is loud and has a great relationship with Sam. In the film, he is the comedian with perfect and witty timing, who literally sets the screen on fire and Ezra Miller's portrayal surely wins the hearts of many girls. Also the famous tunnel song was changed from Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide' to David Bowie's 'Heroes'. It's not a big deal, considering the fact that Landslide is a slow and depressing song apart from Heroes, which is quick and kicking. Charlie also doesn't read the suicidal, heart wrenching poem to Patrick as a Christmas present. And also one detail, Sam is described to have green eyes, although Emma Watson's eyes are brown.

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