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The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Review

I went into this with low expectations…

2012, THE PERKS OF BEING WALLFLOWER

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!

***Mild Spoiler***

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!

***Spoiler Over***

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!


Why The Hobbit being split into three isn’t all bad…

So you’re angry that The Hobbit is going to be three films?

I love Tolkien. Have done ever since I read The Hobbit as a child. There is something about his world that just completely draws me in as reader and left a huge effect on me to this day. As a teenager I read pretty much everything based in Middle Earth because I just couldn’t get enough of this other world filled with rich, vibrant, colourful imagery and the huge assortment of mythical characters.

I thought The Lord of the Ring’s films were absolutely fantastic, everything from the direction to casting was spot on. Their financial and critical success was completely deserved and even though a lot was changed/left out I feel that it was all for the benefit of the overall film experience (but more on that in a bit).

Since the announcement that The Hobbit will in fact be split in three, there has been quite a vocal negative response, but, I think Peter Jackson did such a good job with LOTR that we should all trust him to do the same with The Hobbit.

Yes, The Hobbit is a shorter book than any of the three books from LOTR, but, there is so much story and material that isn’t included in the book that it is by no means as big a stretch as people are making out. I mean the book doesn’t cover what actually happens in the battle of five armies, I’m sure they will cover thoroughly everything Gandalf gets up to when he disappears and on top of that there is also the appendices from LOTR which Jackson has always stated he’d love to use.

A lot of people complain about how much Jackson changed when adapting LOTR for film, but for me that didn’t matter. I judged the films on their own merits rather than constantly judging them up against the books chapter by chapter. A lot that works on the page just doesn’t translate to film, Peter Jackson as a film-maker realised this and (in my opinion of course) the films are all the better for it!

I don’t necessarily think that making The Hobbit as three films is a good thing, but there is potentially enough material to make three films and given the success of Jackson’s LOTR trilogy maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt.

Just a thought…