The Perks of Being a Wallflower ★★★★

So, I had some not small issues with the dialogue and overall attitude/tone of the movie for a while. I didn't hate it, but it just felt so exaggerated and written. There was genuine character underneath it though, and eventually I accepted that it was intended to be that way even if it didn't work for me. I love Brick, so hyper-stylized high school isn't a qualm I can just freely throw out there fairly.

Then it got to the last 45 minutes or so and I was glued. All the problems I had with it seemed to vanish, and I was finally uncompromisingly enjoying it, getting fully invested. Everyone does a good job, with Ezra Miller being the huge standout. And the soundtrack is pretty great too. (All these kids not even recognizing David Bowie is pretty absurd though)

I was worried another coming of age movie, what seems to be my genre, was going to lose me. Thabkfully, Ladybird continues to be the only confounding exception.

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