Reviews with a Mug Brownie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Published March 17, 2013 by Britt

Plot Summary: A freshman named Charlie is always watching from the sidelines until two charismatic seniors take him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam and her fearless stepbrother Patrick shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the quest for the perfect song.

*shows up 20 minutes late with Starbucks to this party* When this movie came out in theaters, I kept wanting to go see it but never could find someone to go with. It irked me severely, so finally I took a birthday giftcard from Target and bought it on DVD.

WORTH IT.

But ONLY worth it if you read the book before the movie. This is a movie where you have to read the book first or else you’ll be confused at the end, because they don’t really spell out what happened to Charlie at the end because what happened is sort of a trigger for some people. But the ending of the book confused me a bit too, to the point where I had to ask my friend AND re-read the ending to get it completely. People who had cried at the end of the book were bawling at the movie, and then there were the people who hadn’t read it yet and looked confused. I understood, but did not cry.

There’s a general saying in life that says “The Book is Always Better Than The Movie.” Yes, this is the case again. But at least this movie was better than usual because it was directed by the author himself. There’s a funny story about this with the guy who plays Patrick, Ezra Miller. He said he had read the book, and as soon as he heard that they were making a movie about it, he was peeved that someone would potentially ruin the book and demanded to know the director. Then… it was Steven Chbosky AKA the author. So that went well.

I liked how they finally named the siblings in this movie, because in the book they weren’t named. They were just “my sister” and “my brother.” It felt nice to know names.

Other than that, great soundtrack. I liked the colors of the film, great casting, and overall just a good movie.

Four stars.

Next up: Les Miserables

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