The Perks of Being a Wallflower is wonderful.

A lime green wall with the words 'we are infinite', a boy stands beside a girl, she leans her head on the shoulder of another boy

It is refreshing to see a film about teenagers that has REAL teenagers in it.  That does not happen all the time.  It is a rare find, indeed.  And how awesome that a novelist, Stephen Chbosky in this case, gets the opportunity to not only adapt his own novel to the screen, but also direct it!  I think because Chbosky was given the task, Perks of Being a Wallflower ends up being an intimate, personal film that rings true.

I have not read Chbosky’s semi-autobiographical novel yet, so I can not compare the two.  I know that typically ALL novels are better than the screen adaptations (side note: they’re two wholly different mediums–and very seldom are the two ever equally awesome)–but I love how Chbosky decided present his story.  He does not rush the narrative and allows you to quietly connect with his characters.  It is a delicate approach and it works beautifully.

His casting choices are also excellent.  Logan Lerman has revealed his potential–having seen him in 3:10 Yuma (impressive) and then Percy Jackson, I liked him but here he shows that he is capable of becoming a star.  He plays Charlie with a natural charm and ease, that only helped to intensify his more serious issues.  Of course, Emma Watson is lovely.  I’ve always believed she grew the most as an actress during the Harry Potter saga and with this role she is able to shed her “Hermione” skin.  The most strange and great experience of watching a performance though, was Ezra Miller.  Why strange?  Because the only other role I saw him in was We Need to Talk about Kevin as the titular Kevin and whoa! that kid was CREEPY!  But here Miller is wonderfully fantastic–what an actor, indeed.

Again, I will not delve deeper into the film, so that it can be a discovery for you too.  Just know that the music is perfect–the cast is perfect–the story is truthful and you will end up feeling…well, infinite.

Trailer – The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Official Trailer – 1 HD (2012) – YouTube