Sunday, December 30, 2012

Kudos to Logan Lerman in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Even though I had heard tons of great things, it was not until a couple of weeks ago that I finally saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

To just say I loved the film would not quite cut it. I am not exactly sure I did love, or enjoy it. But... it did impact me greatly with scene after scene painfully taking me back to moments of my time in Jr. high. Although I loved and thrived in high school, the three year in Jr. high that preceded were decisively and brutally different.

Although I connected to the story told in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the story on has been told in various forms on screen before. On it's own it would not have resonated nearly as powerfully without the incredible talents of actor Logan Lerman. Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were both incredible, but Logan inhabited Charlie's world in a way very few actors are able to enter. I loved each of the actors choices and especially his relationship with his English teacher underplayed beautifully by Paul Rudd.

Although Logan may be best known to many for his role as fantasy adventure character Percy Jackson, I had only seen him on screen before as Bobby in the far too short lived WB series Jack & Bobby.

As beautiful a portrayal as Lerman gave, I have to give credit to Stephen Chbosky who not only wrote the novel the film was based on, but also directed the movie. Most writers must lose pieces of their characters they create when their work is transferred to the big screen. It is rare that a novelist, the person who painstakingly creates a character can see and take their work to a final version.

Lerman as Percy Jackson


Bobby said...

Tye, as you might have noticed on facebook, I chronicled each time I saw this in a theater...FIVE TIMES in all with four different friends. Only one of my close friends refused to go to a theater to see it, so he is the first to see it when I buy it on dvd on Feb. 12th. Yeah, I even know when the dvd is dropping. Brilliant filmmaking of a book I fell in love with in the spring of 1999.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree
The thing is the girl's name is EMMA Watson

TyeBriggs said...