So I know that I already made a post for Stevee Taylor's blogathon but the gracious Screen Actor's Guild awards and the AMAZING Amazing Spider-Man have already made it redundant. I am almost scared to write this post because clearly my favourites go nowhere, but once again, it has to be done.
One of my most eagerly anticipated films of this year was The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and what a joy it is when the film meets all of your expectations head-on. I know Stevee wants singular aspects to be championed in this blogathon, but I have to focus on three things I absolutely loved in this movie, that I think are Golden Globe nomination-worthy at least.
Steven Chbosky wrote the famous coming-of-age book more than ten years ago and then he adapted and directed it himself. What more can one want? I love that the writer of the book wrote the film. He obviously knows the story more than even the most pious readers, and it was him who brought it to us. I read the book last month and I can safely say that the movie is better than it. I find it very hard to imagine epistolary novels into movies, and I am not particularly fond of them either. But The Perks of Being a Wallflower does away with that, while still keeping the essence of it.
Logan Lerman captures Charlie so beautifully in this movie. The outsider-ness, loneliness, friendliness, confusion, love that one would associate with Charlie is brought to life by him. He is both heartbreaking and incredibly relateable in this film. As my friend pointed out, it is a little hard to accept that someone who looks like Logan Lerman would be a loner, but he makes us believe that. One of the best roles that can be given to a young actor, and Lerman does full justice to it.
Now for this, I demand Oscar attention, like I did for Ezra Miller's equally brilliant performance in last year's We Need to Talk About Kevin. In that, he played the teenager none of us want to meet. In Perks, he might just be the teenage best friend of my dreams. As amazing as Miller is when he is being the outrageous and loud Patrick (that Dr. Frank-N-Furter routine!), he is just as incredible when he delves into the deeper and darker aspects of this glorious teen. I honestly think that he is one of the most exquisite young talents we have today, and Miller proves that yet again in Perks. I doubt I will see a better supporting performance this year.
There you have it. Be infinite award voters! Give this truly excellent film what it deserves.