The best movie out right now isn’t at the digiplex; it’s at Target and is 5 bucks. Following is the movie review of The Perks of Being A Wallflower.
This review is not going to be a spoiler, so if you look up this film past what I’m going to tell you, it’s your own fault. I will tell you this, and we all know how we are here. This movie, besides being based on a critically acclaimed novel, was also written and directed the author. It was released in 2012. I ran across Perks while I was also getting the Bueller…Bueller…Edition. I mention this because if you enjoyed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you will enjoy this film as much but not because it’s as funny or outrageous. The bite to this movie was certified ‘Fresh’ by Rotten Tomatoes for a reason. Here’s why.
The story, like Ferris, has to do with seniors in their last year, but Ferris was at the center of his universe. Perks is as it says, about a wallflower. In high school, I was not a wallflower, but I knew who they were. Once I came close to knowing one and the vibe back made me understand why there are wallflowers. Perks is about a wallflower.
The pace, again like Ferris, the action moves but instead of going from laugh to laugh, the viewer moves to poignant moment to moment. The plot is layered as the narrator advances the plot line just slightly ahead of the viewer and himself. It’s nice work if you can get it, and this movie gets it right.
The actors. It isn’t just a deep story, the actors paint the picture. Here, like Ferris, the ‘kids’ steal the show. The grown-ups, mom and dad, teachers, etc. are the background against the drama, like the coliseum wall. When shooting the film, the main actors shared the same dormitory-like quarters in a hotel and became friends outside the movie. This is apparent by the emotion that leaps from the screen. A sharp script that makes you not want to miss a moment of dialogue makes full use of that personal chemistry.
The atmosphere. Ferris had a lot of atmosphere, Chicago, the Suburbs, even a parade. Alas, when you’re dealing with wallflowers, the atmosphere is a lot more subdued, more intimate, intelligent, and innocent; close but not claustrophobic. Unlike Ferris, you get those moments you never see coming that if it was a horror flick, would make you jump into the next seat. Rather than a plot devise, the story which is never billed as ‘based on’, is entirely, dude. And that’s what makes it so cool.
Get to a Target and spend the best 5 bucks for this Christmas you will on yourself.
Four joints out of four joints.