Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Disclaimers: I am not familiar with the book on which the movie is based. I went to this movie only because it co-stars Emma Watson.
This is not the kind of movie I normally go to see, which makes it difficult to rank on my list. This is a high school misfit-coming-of-age-story. This is not a romantic comedy, though. While there are certainly funny, lighthearted portions, the movie also has dark parts – much darker than I was expecting.
This is a movie with heart, which does not pull punches, and which is impeccably written and acted. In short, this is a very good movie. And as a bonus, Emma Watson is hot.
I had some difficulty relating to it, though, both because high school was half my life ago and because my high school social experience was not similar to that in the movie. So my recommendation comes with a caveat: it was intended for a younger audience than me.
Still, very good movie, and I give the filmmakers major props for not shying away from the brutal parts.
Re-reading my review (not one of my best, sorry), I feel the need to add that the movie is not depressing. Its message is “it gets better.”
Trigger warning for child abuse/rape.

1. The Avengers
2. The Amazing Spiderman
3. Brave
4. The Cabin in the Woods
5. Looper
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7. The Secret World of Arrietty
8. The Dark Knight Rises
9. Men in Black 3
10. Prometheus
11. Hunger Games
12. The Lorax
13. Snow White and the Huntsman
14. Total Recall
15. Bourne Legacy
16. Mirror, Mirror
17. John Carter

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