So y'all, I finally got to go see Perks of Being a Wallflower. I've been anxiously awaiting this film for ages as the book is one of my favorite YAs. Of all time.
For some reason, it's not playing everywhere and I had a hard time finding a theatres in my area--sorta strange because I don't exactly live in the sticks. And I live near two awesome theatres that show all sorts of indie/artsy/limited run stuff.
Whatever. I finally got to see it and y'all, I loved it SO HARD. Seriously. It might be the *perfect* adaptation of a book to film. 'Course, probably helps (by that I mean DEFINITELY helps) that the author got to wear the screenwriter, executive producer and director hats as well. Dude, I know some authors that would KILL for that kind of creative control (and by "some" of course I mean ALL the authors I know-- and I would wager the same for all the ones I don't, too).
The bits I wondered about-- how would he get that* to translate without feeling clunky or forced? How would Charlie's innocence/naivety still be evident without keeping the audience in the dark or feeling like a slight of hand? Would Emma Watson's accent sound silly?
He did, it did and it didn't. :)
Point is, make time to see this film. You will NOT regret it (but bring the tissues b/c holy smokes Charlie on screen is just as lovable as Charlie of the page, only you won't be reading by yourself in your den. You'll be sitting there next to a couple dozen strangers (and maybe a few friends) ugly-crying your eyes out.
At least the theater is dark. ;)
*spoiler-free here. If you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about and if you haven't STOP RIGHT THERE. WHY ARE READING THE INTERNET WHEN YOU COULD READ THIS BOOK?