Hey there all in internet land. Franc here with another film review. Today's
victim, "the perks of being a wallflower". Directed and written by
Stephen Chbosky, and starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.
First, let me begin by saying that overall, it was a pretty decent film. If Paul
Bettany were to have been offered a role in this movie, he would have turned it down. That is because Paul Bettany only makes doo-doo brown movies, and this one, is pretty good.
I decided that I wanted to read the book this week, before watching the film.
I found this to be both a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing because I had
already developed an understanding of the characters and seeing them brought to life in the film was awesome. I think the casting for this movie was the best
part. Lerman killed it in the lead as Charlie, and honestly, I felt every other
role was equally well cast.
The story line itself is also brilliantly developed. This is a story, that on
many levels, all of us can relate to. Maybe not some of the darker notes, but I
think this movie (but especially the book) do an incredible job of depicting
what high school life was like, and what it felt like to be a part of it.
However, here comes my rant, here is what I did find disappointing. Why, why,
why do movies insist on making so many changes from the book. Now, let me
explain. I'm not talking about removing or changing a major arc that you simply don't have time to delve into within the constraints of 120 minutes. I'm talking about minor arcs and minor details. I was so excited to see this movie after reading the book, because the author of the book, wrote and directed the
As I turned the last page (digitally that is, on my Kindle, I don't actually
turn "paper pages" anymore, since I'm not a caveman) of the book, I set it down and walked to the mirror and said,
"Chocolate Bear, this is it, your big day. Finally, you will have read a
book, then watched the movie of said book, and it will be exactly the same
story. No changes, no surprises, none of that nonsense. Because, finally, an
author of a simple novel, with easy to depict characters, and a series of plot
lines that can easily be told within a 2 - 2.5 hour feature, has decided to
write and direct the movie themselves. A man standing on his own two feet, a
slave to none, and master of his own creative destiny. Brace yourself sweet
Mocha Cub, brace yourself for glory."
I had no idea at that time, that I was a bold-faced liar. Why you ask?
Because the same nonsensical adjustments, tweaks and outright changes exist in this movie as they do in every other novel adaptation that proceeded it. And I imagine it will be the same for all time. This was particularly frustrating
considering that the movie ran just over 1.5 hours. Plenty of time to add in a
wee bit of story to keep it more consistent. Very disappointing Chbosky...very
Is it the worst book to film rendering I've ever seen, no, not by a long
shot. If you are a huge fan of the book, do not be turned off from watching the
movie. It's amazing how well they captured the characters, and you'll love
watching the people you loved in your mind come to life before your eyes on
They also did a more than fair job, telling the story on screen. Just be
prepared for some differences. Differences that for some may seem negligible,
but to me where huge moments in the book. Moments I found to be beautifully
written, and was more than upset that they were omitted from the film. But,
that's just me.
So, now to my final rating. On the Paul Bettany scale, where 10 is the
highest and Paul Bettany is an extra value meal that you order with no pickles
and no mayo, then drive all the way home, park, walk up 6 flights of stairs, sit
down in front of the TV, open your burger to find no pickles and 8 pounds of
mayo (in short, a disappointment), "the perks of being a wallflower" gets
This one is 100% worth the watch, and for fans of the book, despite the
annoying changes, it's even worth the buy. The Bluray has some pretty cool
featurettes that you will enjoy.
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