On MUTVStream: Ezra Miller is simply one perk in “Perks of Being a Wallflower”

By Alfie Cox, The Prowl

As with all things concerning media, the impression of a certain film is what the viewer makes of it.

This philosophy can be applied to spunky and a little funky coming-of-age drama “Perks of Being a Wallflower.” This feature, starring Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, is about Charlie, a freshman in a high school with no friends because of his quiet nature.

Sam (Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Miller) then recuse him from teenage wasteland and he then falls into their group. Quickly he is absorbed with all that comes with his new friends such as hidden boyfriends, douchey boyfriends and secrets galore.

Really, the plot explanation could end there because what occurs after that is utterly standard and to the book. Charlie becomes a better part of the community. He gets closer to Sam and almost starts a relationship with.  The other characters go through growing pains reminiscent of every teen film within the past 25 years.

The pleasant surprise of this pleasantly standard movie was teen ingénue Ezra Miller who, as the bisexual Patrick, showcases a range of ethos and emotional value that is rare in films like this.

No, the idea of having a gay or bisexual character in teen films is not original, but Miller’s emotions and the depth that he gives what could be such a baseless character is remarkable.

As for Emma Watson, her performance was strong and little different given the fact this was released just after the “Harry Potter” odyssey ended. Her portrayal as Sam was refreshing given the fact that she swore, showed emotion and actually gave the character some layers. This was in direct contrast to the flatness she portrayed in other films she’s done post-Potter, such as “The Bling Ring.”

Newcomer Logan Lerman provided a very relaxed, subdued portrayal of Charlie that proved to be a very honest and true depiction of a teenager going through turmoil while trying to find their position in the world.

Standard plot aside, the strong performances and brisk pacing save “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” from being a disappointment. In fact, the movie shows good wisdom and maturity from all involved, which given the staleness of the teen movie genre, is great and-well, perky.