March 25, 2013 by rachelcmann
What a powerful film. Centered on a boy entering high school with no friends and a history of mental illness, he is simultaneously heartbreakingly innocent and wise beyond his years. The friends he makes of a group of seniors all seem immature in comparison to his thoughtfulness. High school is no picnic, and to battle inner demons as well is a task no young people should have to go through. And yet, we all do, fighting our individual monsters, believing that we are the first and only person to ever experience our particular brand of hell.
But this movie isn’t about high school and bullies and sex and drugs and rock & roll. It’s about finding inner peace. Logan Lerman is fantastic, and despite being constantly distracted by Emma Watson‘s haircut and occasional slip in accent, she brings her usual understated elegance to a role that helps our protagonist grow up. Ezra Miller shines. To call him the gay best friend would be wildly undermining the strength of his character and acting.
If you were an outcast in high school this movie will tug at your heartstrings. The 90s nostalgia will help you laugh and overall it’s a great movie that doesn’t trivialize or over-dramatize the life of teenagers.
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