The Perks of Being a Wallflower
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (12)
D: Stephen Chbowsky
Summit (Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith & John Malkovich)
W: Stephen Chbowsky [based on his novel]
DP: Andrew Dunn
Ed: Mary Jo Markey
Mus: Michael Brook
Logan Lerman (Charlie Kelmeckis), Ezra Miller (Patrick), Emma Watson (Sam), Mae Whitman (Mary Elizabeth)
The hipsters high school movie, starring Logan Lerman as an introverted freshman who is taken under the wing of two younger students who help him come out of his shell and appreciate life.
It's quite refreshing for an author of a work to take full control of its film adaptation, both screenwriting and directing, and it's clear to see this is a personal work for Stephen Chbowsky.
It wasn't such a personal work for me however, and I just saw this as another run-of-the-mill coming of age tale, albeit with a soundtrack full of some great 80's songs. It was a little too smug for its own good though.
There'll be many others who this movie will speak to more though, it just didn't reflect on any of my own life experiences.