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by Asten (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer from Perth who is passionate about food and loves exploring new and exciting places. My best trait is that I am honest...and my worst trait is that I am honest. I will provide reviews that are well thought out and fair.
Published December 23rd 2012
Your turn to be a wallflower and see this film

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of those indie type films that differ from the usual contrived and superficial Hollywood films. It is based on the successful book by Stephen Chbosky, and is a coming of age story about adolescence, high school and trying to find your place in high school... and the world.

The actors in the film are wonderful, particularly the main trio Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. Emma Watson has easily stepped away from her hugely hyped up Harry Potter character Hermione. Some actors spout on about being typecast (take note Twilight cast) but Watson has proved that you can break free from the mould if you are a good enough actor. It was nice to see some fresh faces, and the actors all delivered poignant performances that were so moving that they stuck with me for days afterwards. They made an imprint in my memory and took me back to the tumultuous time that was high school.

This film is slower than the typical Hollywood film, but like I said before, this is not your typical Hollywood film. It is not slow in a bad way; it builds in a thoughtful and satisfying way, and is slow in a way that captures the excruciatingly slow and monotonous pace of high school.

The film places the viewer as a wallflower; as a fly on the wall. We get to experience what life is like for a bunch of self-proclaimed misfits. The characters battle issues such as peer group pressure and mental disease, and they push boundaries and work their way through the awkward and confusing transition from adolescent to adult.

The book is wonderful and the film is wonderful too. You should do yourself a favour and read and watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
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