Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Director: Stephen Chbosky
Writer:    Stepehen Chbosky
Cast:       Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller

A coming-of-age drama of an introverted freshman who is taken under  the wings by two seniors who welcome him into their group of friends. 

It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky who also ended up directing the film. Originally John Hughes (The Breakfast Club) was meant to make his directorial comeback with this film  but he died in 2009. It was meant to be a dark comedy but with Chbosky at the helm they have made it less dark and too sweet for its own good. The seniors who the protagonists becomes friends with are just too nice to him and are in the 'Juno' mold which has become so cringe inducing now. I know they didn't have Google in those times but to think that these characters who are supposed to have good taste in music couldn't even recognize David fucking Bowie's 'Heroes' is quite unbelievable. I found it really difficult to get through all the saccharine bullshit from the first hour of the film and the last half hour of it is much more interesting but is not quite enough to make it watchable.

Rating: 1/5