First off, I’ve never read the book, never had any interest in doing so. After seeing the trailer, I thought that it looked okay, but I still didn't want to read the book. Even the praises that I read and heard from people weren’t enough to pique my interest but now that I've watched it, and got teary-eyed, it has made itself a place in my must read list.
I thought that it would just be another coming of age story, but what I saw was that it wasn't about being a teenager anymore, it was about becoming a person, Perks of a Wallflower is about living.
The entire cast for this movie was perfect. Absolutely perfect in a way that no one could take any of their characters and give it to someone else, and make it work. They were simply perfect for their roles. It's like the story was made for them to give it life or they were made for story, or something along those lines.
Logan Lerman was brilliant as Charlie. It was as if he was really Charlie, and not an actor. I could barely watch him when he was being really 'shy/awkward' because he got it all right, and made me feel awkward with him. He was genuinely awkward that I couldn’t watch some of his scenes without covering my eyes or ears because I felt so bad for him, as if I was part of the movie.
I can't say the same for Sam though. Of course, Emma Watson, as always, was stunning and made for the role, as I've mentioned earlier, but I noticed her difficulty with her American accent. Her struggle, which was at times apparent to me, made me cringe and wish that I didn't notice it. I understood that maybe she was having a hard time because she wasn’t used to it since it wasn't her natural accent, and I should've just focused on her acting, but her difficulty in speaking with the American twang took my attention away. It's not really bad though, just distracting. I also couldn't help but not believe that her character had a promiscuous past, which again, is not a bad thing. I guess it's because I've never seen her in anything other than as Hermione so I'll probably watch this film again after I've seen her in other movies.
Ezra Miller as Patrick. From his interviews, Ezra might as well have been Patrick in his youth.
The movie itself was a bit boring in the beginning because it had a somewhat slow start, but once the ball rolled, it just kept on getting better and better. I also loved that since I hadn’t read the book, I was completely in the dark about Charlie’s secret, and was surprised when it was revealed.
I give this movie two thumbs up for being funny, awkward (can't get enough of that word for this film), dramatic, and honest.