YAB Review: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a classic novel about coming-of-age and a favorite among many Millennials. So when many teens and twentysomethings found out it was becoming a movie (starring Emma Watson no less!), they were eager to see the adapation. Our YAB member Caroline jumped at the chance to review the film, which she says is slightly different than the book, but is still amazing and lived up to her expectations.

YAB Review: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Perks of Being A WallflowerWhat was the biggest draw for you to see this movie?

I was very excited to see this movie as the novel “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” is one of my favorite books. I also loved the fact that the author, Stephen Chbosky, was the director of the movie. A lot of movies that were books originally disappoint their viewers because they feel like the movie doesn’t exactly portray what the author is trying to say, but I knew this wouldn’t be the case. Another reason why I couldn’t wait to go see "Perks" was the cast – I am a big fan of Emma Watson and Logan Lerman and was curious to see how they would interpret some of my favorite characters.  

What did you expect going in?

I had high expectations, and figured the movie would be very good. I knew the movie wasn’t going to be better than the book – and I was right, the book is on an entirely different level. However, I still expected it to be funny, heartwarming, and touching. I expected some of the scenes to affect the audience as much as they did in the novel – and that was executed perfectly.

Describe your moviegoing experience

I wasn’t able to see it opening weekend, but maybe two weeks after that in New York. We got there quite early, and the theater was still almost entirely full. It became obvious that most of the crowd had read the book as everyone was…

 
 

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