A few months ago, Summit Entertainment gave some fansites s a treat and allowed for a very special visit to meet Bill Condon and his editorial team for Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2 (see our interview with Bill here). During this same visit, the studio graciously provided a sneak peak at some of their upcoming fall movies. One of them being The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Here is TwilightMOMS’ Lee’s review!
I was familiar with the book. The film, based on a novel by Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the screenplay and directed the film, was an emotionally moving and brilliant film covering an interval of high school years of the protagonist, Charlie, played with surprising nuance by Logan Lerman. The film covers the internal struggles of this group of teens and their social interactions and what separates us from who we are, who we want to try to be, and how you get past things that hold you back.
The film is supported by excellent direction from Chbosky and a strong ensemble cast; a radiant Emma Watson (Sam) and a complex and poignant performance from Ezra Miller (Patrick).
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is not a maudlin study of a young man’s struggle with mental illness, but the struggle past defining oneself by illness.
This film addresses the impacts of suicide, mental illness and the need of acceptance. The story is bitter sweet. The beauty of the narrative is powerful in the emotional depth of each of the characters and provides a glimpse for all the disenfranchised within ourselves and others, with the joys and sorrows of finding internal strength with the help of your friends and a place in the world.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower hits theaters September 21.