The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky (12A) 103 mins
Half a year away from 20, I'm in a fairly good position to assess my teenage years. They were drabber than I would have liked; I was no Ferris Bueller. But, like most people's, they were often unpredictable. This is a quality I'd expect to grace any film about the mid-teen years, which is largely missing from The Perks of Being A Wallflower.
Rigidly adhering to genre conventions in narrative, cinematography and score, the film's oft-leaden dialogue rendered purportedly moving moments squirm-inducingly mawkish. I was, therefore, rather surprised to find that I quite liked it. It was a film that cared about its characters, and made us care about them. It featured three strong lead performances, with Ezra Miller stealing every scene and Emma Watson breaking out of her Hermione-mould with a convincing accent and some (rather excessively) fragile doe-eyed looks.
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