Just before the start of the MTV Movie Awards this year, we were treated with the premiere trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The movie is based off the popular book of the same name by Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote and directed the film. That alone is enough to get my interest peaked, because it’s not every day that an author takes the movie adaptation into their own hands. With my love/hate relationship between books turning into movies, especially with books that I’ve enjoyed, it’s important to set your film apart from the many others. I suppose it’s interesting that I want this movie to be separate from others, because that is what it’s about – an introvert who is trying to find his place among others.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower stars Logan Lerman (from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) as Charlie, a loner who has faded into the background at school. That is until he meets two seniors who show him how to live life to the fullest. Sam (played by Emma Watson from Harry Potter) and her brother Patrick (Ezra Miller from We Need to Talk About Kevin) befriend Charlie as he enters high school and take him under their wing. As he joins this new group of friends, Charlie begins learning a whole new perspective on life. I’m excited to see Emma Watson as something other than Hermione Granger (Daniel Radcliffe did it, why can’t she?) The brief glimpse of her American accent sounds pretty good, but we’ll have to see more to determine if she can leave her wizarding past behind. Even if she’s not up to snuff, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller are really promising talent. The fact is that it’s a really great book, and the trailer makes me excited for the movie. Check it out here:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Trailer
I do have one beef with this glimpse into the film. It kind of looks like the typical high school coming of age movie, instead of the unique story that it is. If you’re a fan of the book, then you know the story gets a little darker than is portrayed in this trailer. I suppose for commercial appeal it makes sense to play it a little lighter. But I don’t want a bunch of teens expecting a party movie to show up and become severely depressed. It at least looks a little deeper than the next teen flick. My hope is that the movie can live up to the example set by the novel. With the author at the helm, that prospect seems a little more likely than usual.
What do you guys think? Are you excited about the trailer or do you think it should just stay on the page?