I went into this with low expectations…
I didn’t know a lot about this going into it, I knew it was based on a book (which I had never read) and that the author of the book was writing/directing the film. I was also aware of most of the cast given that they were all relatively big names, but, I had no idea what the story was actually about or whether it was a comedy or drama or whatever. The reason I wanted to see it was because the music in the trailer was pretty cool and Ezra Miller is one of my favourite young actors.
I went in fearing the worst and hoping for the best.
I loved it! It was as though I was watching a rather dark John Hughes film, I came out of the cinema feeling uplifted and wanting to talk about what I had just seen, which is amazing because it’s very rare that a teen drama has any sort of effect on me other than annoyance!
The performances from the whole cast were very good, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson surprisingly so, when called upon the adult cast members all put in small yet memorable performances, but for me Ezra Miller steals it with another great performance. Seriously if you haven’t seen this kid act check out City Island, Another Happy Day, We Need To Talk About Kevin and Perks because he has a BIG future.
As far as Stephen Chbosky goes he does a great job with the direction of the film as well as the script. I don’t want to say too much about the story as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but believe me it’s great!
My one complaint would be that given it’s set in the early 90’s and that the main characters are supposed to be misfit outsiders, I found it difficult to believe that they had no idea what “the tunnel song” was, surely teenagers from this time would have heard Heroes by David Bowie before? It’s one of the most recognisable songs by one of the most popular rock stars ever!
As I said at the start I was not excited for this film, I thought it looked interesting but in truth the only reason I went to see it was because I’m a fan of Ezra Miller and Paul Rudd. So if it won me over I’m sure it can win most people over! GO SEE IT!