Film Review: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Posted on by 5WC in Film

It’s taken me a while to get around to rewatching The Perks Of Being A Wall Flower. For a very long time it was a film that passed me by; viewed as nothing more than a strange “American Teen Flick” not to be taken seriously. Prejudices potentially holding sway, a film for a younger generation. Or maybe, however, it’s that my mind is unconsciously adding one and one to get three? Seeing Emma Watson and remembering the child star of Harry Potter, rather than the grown up women she’s maturing into? Refusing to trust and accept the films motives as a result. It’s exactly the same feeling I have towards The Bling Ring.

Whatever lukewarm sense of approach I held to the film, when Empire Magazine rated it highly – their review section giving it 4 stars and proclaiming it to be “An honest, affection-hooking, coming-of-age drama” – it instantly became a film I was going to see. No other reasurances were needed.

This was, however, 18 months ago and I still remember that when I saw it for the first time I just got it. It drew me in and connected with me. I bonded with the story. It’s not amazing, there really is a slight air of American teen flick, but I still gave it an IMDb rating of 7/10. Whatever flaws it has, I still enjoyed it. We became instant friends because we just understood each other. I watched it at a time when I was feeling lost, I was searching for a lot of answers in my life, and here was a film bringing to life that exact situation, that exact plot. The story of searching, of trying to make sense, of trying to find your place in the world. For me, right then, it was the perfect film to match my mood. It made me feel better, because fact or fiction, here was somebody else going through the same search I was. Real or not, I wasn’t the only one. Read more