Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naïve outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world.
Release Date: September 21, 2012; MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight – all involving teens); Genres: Adaptation, Drama
Direction and Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Logan Lerman, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Patrick de Ledebur, Johnny Simmons, Brian Balzerini, Tom Kruszewski Nina Dobrev, Nicholas Braun, Julia Garner, Ezra Miller, Tom Savini, Emily Marie Callaway, Paul Rudd, Chelsea T. Zhang.
We saw this movie this Saturday night. Lay wasn’t too keen on it, and I was kind of indifferent, but it was the only thing that interested us at all. Boy, and I glad we went. Lay loved it, and I can safely say it’s the best film I’ve seen this year. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!
The way this complex, yet straightforward, story unfolds is beautiful and sad, sometimes all at once. While it has its funny moments, it also manages to go through dark topics such as homosexuality, drugs and death. Stephen Chbosky handles his story very well. It’s never forced but rather it flowed nicely and carefully.
The direction was perfect, and the cinematography gorgeous, especially the scenes where the camera overlooks the skyline of Pittsburgh and during intimate scenes between the characters. You could not get anyone better to direct it other than the author himself because this is his book. This is his vision so he knows exactly how it goes in his head and we can see throughout the film, just how much his vision has truly come alive. The result is both engaging and satisfying.
Same thing with the writing. The dialogue is very honest and beautifully well written. Not just the writing but the overall tone of the film reminds me a bit of John Hughes’ work. Adapting an epistolary book into a film is incredibly challenging but Mr. Chbosky did a fine job of translating it into a film.
The musical score is done by Michael Brook, and he did a very good job. The soundtrack is awesome. Along with Mr. Chbosky, Alexandra Patsavas, who’s also the music supervisor for The OC, did a great job of picking out the songs and treated it as if it were a mix tape.
Logan Lerman did a masterful job as Charlie. His performance blew me away. He did such an amazing job portraying the embodiment of Charlie through his expressions, his emotions, his movements, everything! So perfectly cast. The last 10 minutes of the movie alone is awards worthy because it really shows how talented he really is.