The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a romantic 21st century look back at what being a high school student was like in the 1980s. Soundtracked by the mix tape, with adolescent adventures with drugs and sex and love, it is undercut with a vein of tragedy.
Whilst certainly not a realistic look at the past, it goes for an emotional resonance which it just about succeeds in getting, which in turn enables the viewer to overlook some of the flaws and tropes inherent in the work.
The story is enjoyable and the cast are all very good. With a screenplay from and directed by, the author of the book, it feels like an attempt to capture a singular vision and he does succeed.
I did enjoy this, but think had I seen it when I was sixteen or so it would have had an even greater resonance with me. This is very much a film for teenagers which shows films for teenagers don’t have to be loud and stupid.
This is by no means a perfect film, but it is good nonetheless.