"The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" is a movie that definitely has merit.
But it's not the kind of movie that you embrace, or fall in love with.
There is an overhanging pall of melancholia about it that is pervasive.
That being said, it is also quite moving, and effective.
This is a living definition of a mixed review.
It deals with a high school freshman, with no friends, trying to make his way through the high school experience.
He also brings a lot of baggage with him, so at no point is it easy.
On to the scoring:
Is it interesting?
It certainly holds your interest.
Is it controversial?
Is it a story worth telling?
I'm sure a lot of people would think so.
It helps if you are a lot younger than I am.
Is it good storytelling?
For the most part.
Is it well written?
There are things that could be clearer.
Is it well cast? Well played?, Well shot?
The young leads are very good and very affecting.
The problem for me is the older actors.
Dylan McDermott (The Practice) has this throwaway part as the young lead's father.
And I don't like thinking of him being old enough to be a high school kid's father.
Melanie Lynskey, best known as the creepy Rose on "Two and a Half Men", plays an even creepier part here. She seems to have found her niche.
The great Joan Cusack has a throwaway part in this.
A part that could have been played by anybody.
Why waste her like this?
Plus, she looks quite a bit older than the last time I saw her.
I don't need to see that.
Maybe she doesn't either.
Is it too long? Too short?
It definitely needs trimming.
Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?
Very much and very much.
Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?
Not at all predictable, and there is a bit of a surprise.
Do you think about it after you've seen it?
Is it funny?
It cries out for more humor.
Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?
Is it impressive ?
Overall grade: B-.
How's that for a mixed review?
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