Movie Mention: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Well—I was FINALLY able to see this wonderful movie, even though I had to drive 40 minutes to find a theatre that was playing it here in Kansas. (I swear these things don’t normally happen in the Midwest—contrary to popular belief, we do have a lot to do for entertainment.)

And for those of you who have been following me for a while, you know how much I loved the book, so I was really worried that the movie wouldn’t be as good since a lot of movie adaptations aren’t. However, the movie was brilliant! Thanks to Stephen Chbosky, the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, also being the author of the screenplay, and the director of this film, I think this movie depicted his work magnificently. (Although I still think the book is much better emotionally.)

Emma Watson, although fantastic, wasn’t how I pictured the character, Sam, but I do think she did a great job making Sam her own. Also, for those who have read the novel, the big surprise at the end of the book of course cannot be shown on the big screen, but Chbosky found a unique way to transition such a traumatic topic to the movie screen without making the audience uncomfortable.

So—if you love the novel, but you were avoiding this movie, because you were afraid of it ruining the book, don’t!

Go watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie, and whether you read the novel or not, this coming-of-age tale is for all ages, and will keep you feeling infinite afterwards.

Watch the trailer here.

Read what I had to say about the book here.

Check out the novel via Barnes & Noble here.





11 thoughts on “Movie Mention: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  1. Excellent writing on the movie. I’m so sick of people either totally reviewing it or “spoiling it.” I have read the book and I wasn’t interested in seeing the movie, but I guess I will thanks to your “movie mention.”

  2. I thought it was a great film as well. The novel’s essence felt successfully transferred to film. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that Stephen Chbosky wrote the screenplay and I believe he directed as well. Talk about artistic control. lol

      1. Of course. But remember, largely, popular film has far more to do with entertainment than it has to do with art. Entertainment is far more profitable than art.

  3. I’m glad to hear that. I read the book after I saw the trailer and I liked it lots, haunted by – we accept the love we think we deserve.Can’t wait to watch it.

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