An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (IMDb)
I’m not going to lie, it’s borderline shameful that I haven’t seen this yet. I’m a huge fan of the book. I read it in high school and I felt like it perfectly portrayed adolescence. And now, the movie has done the same thing. Possibly even more so for me now that I’m looking back at high school instead of being in it.
Anyway, to the movie itself, I think this may possibly be one of my favorite book adaptations I’ve seen in a long while. We’re used to seeing authors write the screenplays for their movie adaptations, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them direct it as well, which was a risk that Stephen Chbosky took, and it paid off. I think it actually makes sense, who would know the world best than the author itself? I loved the main three actors. I knew Logan Lerman could act, but I didn’t know he could act. You know? I thought he was so impressive, I loved him. Ezra Miller was a perfect Patrick. The way Patrick uses charisma and humor to cover up darker things always stuck out to me in the book, and he captured that really well. Even though I’m a big fan of Emma Watson, when I heard she was cast, I was a little skeptical. Nothing against her, she just wasn’t the Sam I pictured. And I was proved wrong. I thought she was great. And from this being her first post HP role, it’s really cool to see how she’s grown. So yeah. I should have seen this a long time ago. But I’m glad I got around to it.