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Is Emma’s first movie outside of Harry Potter the movie of the year?

The Young Folks screened the Perks of Being a Wallflower and gave it a 10/10!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been the staple Young Adult book for the past decade. I first read it at the beginning of my sophomore year of high school. As a fifteen year old, I connected with Charlie and his friends on many levels. It’s meant a great deal to me since then. When I heard a year or two ago that Stephen Chbosky was adapting his novel to film, I was excited… and hesitant. I was happy that Chbosky was taking the reins on this film. Who else is better than the author to adapt his own book to film? Yet, I wasn’t familiar at all with Chbosky as a filmmaker. Would he make Perks as great a film as it is a book? The answer is a resounding and absolute yes. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is undoubtedly one of the best movies of the year and can also be easily considered one of the best teen dramas of the past decade.

If you haven’t read Perks (and you should definitely get on that), it’s the story of Charlie (Logan Lerman) as he begins his freshman year of high school. Charlie’s smart, quiet and doesn’t have any friends. His family tip-toes around him, asking vaguely if he’s okay. He’s hopeful that high school will change things around for him socially. But after a rough first day, it’s not looking too good. It isn’t until he strikes up a conversation with senior Patrick (Ezra Miller) and meets Patrick’s step-sister Sam (Emma Watson) that he finally finds a place where he belongs. From there, you see how Charlie handles new friendships, experiences and the ups-and-downs of being a high-schooler.

Mostly all of things I love about the film are the same things I love about the book. That is so rare because it isn’t often where a film can completely encapsulate the book’s essence. There’s no doubt that the film does that. Now, that doesn’t mean that it’s exactly like the book. There are parts big and small that are left out or rearranged to make it a more coherent and riveting story on screen. Chbosky did a masterful job on the screenplay. He balanced out the very emotional moments with humorous levity, a clear and realistic reflection on how life is. All audiences will be able to relate to this story is some way or another.

Logan Lerman is brilliant as Charlie. I was stunned by Logan’s acting during Charlie’s vulnerable moments and in one scene in particular. The rest of the cast did a phenomenal job as well. Emma Watson finally proves herself outside of the Potter films. She plays Sam with heart, and the chemistry between her and Logan is so sweet and genuine. Ezra Miller is hilarious and perfect as Patrick. Despite all his funny jokes, he ends up being more than the comedic relief. Mae Whitman, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott and Joan Cusack also star in the film and make big impressions.

I sincerely hope that The Perks of Being a Wallflower gets the attention it deserves. When you have a great story that is brought to life with amazing performances, it’s hard to see it go unnoticed. From I’ve seen so far this year, I consider it an awards season contender. Even if it doesn’t win any awards, I’ll be satisfied with the fact that Chbosky has brought his classic teen novel to life with so much heart and talent that the film itself will live on as a classic as well.

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★

The Perks of Being a Wallflower hits theaters September 24th.

Updated with another review:

Kevan Loy

The performance part of the review:

When one reads The Perks he cannot help but notice the almost unsettling accuracy with which Chbosky writes the voice of 15 year old Charlie. This is what I was thinking about as the movie started. That voice. How could Chbosky transfer Charlie from page—such an incredibly quiet and in-his-own-head character with vast emotional depth—to the screen? Somehow he did it. Perfectly. I have no fucking clue how, but he did. I’ve thought about it a lot and I’m sure that it was due in no small part to the outstanding performance of Logan Lerman, but there’s something magical—something completely unexplainable —about it. Lerman’s portrayal of Charlie was almost 100 percent what I’d scene in my head. That voice… it was still there. Emma Watson makes a phenomenal Sam and Ezra Miller, who I’d never seen before, was a pretty great Patrick.

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Zimbo

Emma and Will spotted early Sunday in NYC. They were enjoying their walk until they saw the paparazzi. The Daily Mail says the photos are from London. Emma was spotted by at Heathrow and JFK late last night/early this morning so if these photos are from today they would be in NY.

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Just Jared
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Emma was spotted out in London with her boyfriend Will Adamowicz. In some pics she is seen with her friends Amy and Sophie Sumner (and Darcy the dog.)

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Credit: Just Jared

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The world premiere of Perks of Being a Wallflower will be on Saturday,  September 8 at the Ryerson Theatre – 6:15 PM.

Another screening will be on Sunday,  September 9 at the Cineplex Younge & Doundas  – 3:30 PM.

The programmers note:

Nearly two decades after his critically acclaimed debut The Four Corners of Nowhere, writer-director Stephen Chbosky returns with this lovely adaptation of his best-selling novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a witty and affecting coming-of-age story about a gawky teenager’s tribulations in the early nineties.

Pittsburgh, 1991. Fifteen-year-old loner Charlie (Logan Lerman) is about to embark on his first day of high school in the wake of his best friend’s suicide. Taking an interest in the boy’s budding literary talent, English teacher Bill (Paul Rudd) introduces Charlie to classics of cult literature (Fitzgerald, Salinger, Kerouac) which inspire the novice writer to undertake some adventures of his own. Emboldened, he befriends two seniors, pixie-haired Sam (Emma Watson) and her flamboyant stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller, last seen at the Festival in Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin), who introduce him to the Holy Trinity of teendom: sex, pot, and lo-fi rock. But as the year passes and his friends’ graduation looms closer, Charlie comes to realize that he will no longer be able to depend on his close-knit circle. Burdened with the prospective loss of more treasured friendships, his clandestine love for the carefree Sam, and a repressed family secret that keeps bubbling to the surface, it’s all Charlie can do to stay afloat as his ongoing struggle with depression threatens to overwhelm his new-found happiness.

Tempering his tale’s dark undertones with offbeat humour, kaleidoscopic visuals and a soundtrack of iconic nineties tunes, Chbosky captures all the extremes of adolescence —from crushing despair to moments of dizzying elation —with keen insight and profound sympathy. As Charlie’s emotional savior and potential love interest, Watson delivers a fresh, spunky performance that beautifully complements Lerman’s sensitive turn as the “wallflower.” Rounded out by Miller’s endearingly weird Patrick, the trio’s brazen nocturnal joyrides through the Fort Pitt Tunnel conjure up the wild abandon of misunderstood youth. Equal parts The Breakfast Club and The Catcher in the Rye, Chobsky’s inspirational teen drama inspires us to get up and join the party.

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RUV

Emma Watson is a fine singer

First published on: 20/08/2012 21:05, Last update: 20.08.2012 22:22

Ólafur Arnalds arranged two songs where Harry Potter star, Emma Watson, sings a songwriter, singer, and her friend, Ben Hammersley. The songs were recorded in a studio Olaf Among other Icelanders who came to the recordings were Einar Scheving, drummer and Addi 800th

RUV reported possible cooperation Emma Watson and Olaf last week but then wanted the music man, however little comment on the matter. He stated, however, from the source of his Twitter page yesterday and said in an interview with the newsroom today that Emma has taken the initiative to source.

Actress sings a duet with Hammersley in Act Two, and Olaf said that Emma had not thought recording to attract attention, they get enough of her. “This Ben is her friend and very talented, he’s just a great singer but has not given anything out. She wanted to sort pull him up from the couch. Emma has a lot of confidence to him and not to óskekju, he is a very classy singer with a very cool songs, “says Olaf and informs that they have also made videos of two songs that will be aired online shortly. Then the songs will also be released on the internet, to begin with, but Addi 800 will now sound mix songs.

Olaf Emma gives good reviews for the song “She’s a great singer, and although this was her first time in a studio then she obviously quite stretched vocal cords in the car.” Emma Watson is standing in this country because of the film Noah. However, it is most famous for his film about a magical boy Harry Potter, where she plays Hermione. Watson has profited enormously on his game in the photographs, its assets are valued at more than 20 million pounds. And if the primary star movie, Russell Crowe, is left the country after a successful concert at the Cultural, standing shooting of Noah still ongoing but according newsroom is aimed at being completed this week.

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Olafur, Emma, and Ben Hammersley have been working this week on their collaboration. Ben and Olafur tweeted some behind the scenes photos. One of the photos shows lyrics so will we finally hear her sing?

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Twitters posts

Olafur:

Had really a fun week making music with @EmWatson and @BenHammersley93 http://instagr.am/p/Og9ABEIhEk/

Ben:

Amazing week recording here in Reykjavík with @OlafurArnalds and @EmWatson http://p.twimg.com/A0q96TvCUAA-jzx.jpg

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