Life and 100 Films – Charlie’s Film Review of The Perks of Being A Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a dramedy film adaptation of the novel of the same name. It stars Logan Lerman (from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame), and Ezra Miller. The film was directed by the novel’s author, Stephen Chbosky.

Wallflower was one of the films that I highly anticipated seeing this year, and it delivered on every level. It provided everything we look for in entertainment, which shockingly isn’t easy to come by these days. The film follows a freshman named Charlie who is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Although the story may seem basic at first glance, it may be the most believable and relatable of its genre.

One of the coolest things about this film adaptation is that the author of the book is the director! I mean, it doesn’t get better for fans of the book than that, right?. Book fans will appreciate the way its been wonderfully translated to film.  The cast in this film is superb as well. You will recognize a lot of the actors portraying the supporting characters, but the primary trio of actors is what really brings this film to the next level. They all deliver outstanding performances with my girl Emma is leading the pack. In her first major role after the Potter series, you totally forget that she even played Hermione Granger! She is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the film world. She portrays a perfect flirtatious teenage girl, but also an insecure free spirit (and she even has an American accent in this one!). Ezra Miller is such a great character as well, and his character really makes the story come full circle on an emotional level. I hope we see him in more films to come. Last, but not least, Logan Lerman is great as the main protagonist, Charlie (pretty awesome name, isn’t it?) As the central character of the story, you really take the journey with him through high school. You feel for him, especially as his story unravels through all of its ups and downs and twists and turns. It’s extremely nostalgic for not only my generation, but many others as well. Finally, Chbosky’s direction is also top-notch, and he really looks like a pro with what he’s done with his source material. Throw in the PERFECT soundtrack and AMAZING dialogue….and I can’t praise this film anymore than that!

YOU NEED TO SEE THIS FILM. Everything about it is brilliant, and it’s definitely on my list of top films of 2012! Better yet, if you haven’t already, read the BOOK as well!

5 out of 5 Stars

The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Summit Entertainment
PG-13,102 Minutes

Life and 100 Films – Charlie’s Film Review of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Today’s review is of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which many refer to as just Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief.  It’s a 2010 fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Columbus (of Home Alone and Harry Potter fame), who in my eyes was the perfect choice to bring this story to life on the big screen.   The film is based on the book, The Lightning Thief, which is the first story in the five book Percy Jackson series by author Rick Riordan.  It stars Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, in his first leading role that has since sent him on the journey to becoming a young superstar.  I am particularly excited for his next film because it is based on a novel that I would like to read, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. (In all honesty Emma Watson is my actual motivation for being excited)  The film is rounded out by a variety of cast members, both newcomers and veterans, which include Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario (HOT), Jake Abel, Rosario Dawson, Steve Coogan, Uma Thurman, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Sean Bean and Pierce Brosnan.

I have always been someone who was fascinated and interested in Greek Mythology, which is a major reason I really enjoy this story.  It follows the adventures of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson, as he discovers that not only is he is a demigod (half god, half human), but he also happens to be the son of the Greek god Poseidon.  Percy and his friends embark on a journey to prevent a war between the Greek gods Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades that is fraught with battles and tests their abilities to stay alive.

This film series may have gone unnoticed by moviegoers since it may look like it’s a kid’s movie, but in actuality it really is fun for everyone.  If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc this is something you should check out as they were clearly used for inspiration.  The mix between the modern-day world and the world of the Gods is what makes this series special and intriguing in my eyes.  It adds that extra bit of originality that allows this to feel fresh and lets you enjoy those feelings of growing up in a mythical sort of way.

I highly suggest you check this film out if you are into the fantasy genre, especially if you dig franchises.  Also, if you are into Greek Mythology, this is a must view.  (Kim also adds that the books are a must read. Links to her reviews are here: one, two, three, four, five)  While this may not have had as much success as some of its counterparts in the genre, Fox saw enough in this original story and its leading man to warrant it a sequel, which not all epic book series have the luxury of getting. (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is to be scheduled for release on March 27, 2013)  It’s a sleeper hit in my opinion, and I think you should check it out.

4 out of 5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010)
Fox 2000 Pictures
PG, 118 Minutes