With the arrival of late November, Academy screeners flood the domiciles of critics from all corners of the earth, as online, print, radio, and even TV journalists get a shot to catch up on all the movies they missed this year. Although I’ve seen my fair share of screeners within the past couple of weeks, few have reached the creative heights of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment, PG-13, 103 minutes).
Unfortunately, this coming of age drama, which features Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, made just $16 million domestically, and hopefully the feature will receive a huge reception when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on February 12th. Stephen Chbosky directed the feature, which is based on his own novel, and his intimate touch with the material is evident with his stellar work with the ensemble. Lerman stars as Charlie, a socially inept high school freshman whose life takes a turn for the better after befriending two spirited seniors (Ezra Miller and Watson). The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev stars as Charlie’s older sister and Kate Walsh (Private Practice) and Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) are his concerned parents.
Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include: audio commentary from Chbosky, a separate commentary track with Chbosky and his cast, a featurette titled “Best Summer Ever,” deleted scenes with optional commentary from Chbosky, and dailies.
If you dig high school dramas which contain an evocative rendering of its realities, then The Perks of Being a Wallflower fits the bill. The video below is one of the picture’s many memorable sequences, so if you haven’t seen the film, check out the clip:
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Posted by Greg Srisavasdi: @Gvasdi