Thursday, 11 April 2013

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

perks 
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Directed by Stephen Chbosky (2012) | Runtime 102 minutes, BBFC rating 12A
 
As you may know if you followed my 2012 reading challenge posts I have read The Perks Of Being A Wallflower but unfortunately I found that it wasn’t for me. The thing I disliked most about the novel was the format, the book is written as a series of letters by main character Charlie to a friend. I’m not a huge fan of books that follow this type of format (letters, diary entries etc) so Perks left me disappointed. Of course when a book is adapted into a film it becomes a visual piece as well as a story and therefore does not follow the same format as the book. The letter element is included at a few moments where we see Charlie writing the letters on his typewriter and hear voiceovers of the content. So, as it turned out I really liked the way the letters were incorporated into the film and this meant I could appreciate the story itself much more.

Having author Stephen Chbosky heavily involved both as director and writer of the film made the transition from paper to the big screen seem flawless as evidenced by rave reviews from fans and sceptics alike. Chbosky having control of the adaptation also helped to develop the characters properly and portray the story in the right way as he is clearly invested in these characters and the story he created back in the 90s.

Logan Lerman’s portrayal of Charlie actually made me like him more as a protagonist which leads me to believe that maybe I just needed to see him come to life to appreciate his character. Whilst reading the book we get to know Charlie through his letters but, due to the format, not through the eyes of any other characters. In the film however we get to see him interact with the other characters and also get to hear their thoughts about him whilst he isn’t around which helped to develop the character more. The other two main characters Patrick and Sam, played by Ezra Miller and Emma Watson respectively, were also much more likeable on screen, particularly Sam. The standout performance has to go to Miller however who portrayed the eccentric but sensitive Patrick perfectly.

For me this particular story worked better as a film, as a visual piece rather than a collection of letters it left me pleasantly surprised.

 3halfstars 

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