I love movies. If I was talented enough, I would pursue a career in film-making. That being said, I haven’t actually seen a lot of movies that are incredibly important to other people. So I sent out a tweet asking for recommendations, and here are my thoughts on three of them after having watched them.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012) Rated PG-13
This was recommended to me by my wonderful friend, junior Esmeralda Flores (@Emerald_Flower) and I always hear people talk about it so it definitely has a reputation. I actually own this movie but I have such a stigma about reading the book before watching the movie that I haven’t watched it yet since I haven’t gotten around to reading it. Regardless, due to Esmeralda’s wishes, I watched it.
Wow. I am going to read this book as fast as my eyes can. I don’t ever remember crying at a movie, but the entire time “Perks” was on my laptop screen, there were tears in my eyes.
The story is about Charlie, a high school freshman with some serious tragic backstories. He finds two friends in Patrick and his stepsister Sam, who are seniors and kind of adopt Charlie into their friend group. This doesn’t seem like it’d be a good movie at all, but trust me. The plot is so intricate and well done, and the music alone makes me swoon. I can’t even start to describe it, so just watch it if you haven’t yet. And if you have, watch it again. Great pick Esmeralda. (Also the “tunnel song” is in “Horns”, another great movie.)
Five out of five stars.
“Prisoners” (2013) Rated R
Next up, recommended by sophomore Kole Brockway (@JinairKole), “Prisoners”. This movie is dark, unsettling and just plain creepy.
I love it. The plot follows Keller Dover, a father of a young girl who went missing with her friend while walking in their neighborhood. And holy plot twist Batman, literally every time you think you know what’s going on, you don’t. The characters are all interwoven and their seemingly separate plot-points end up being the same plot. Plus, the cinematography makes me want to cry. It is so well done I want to find the cinematographer, Roger Deakins, and personally high five him. It is truly amazing.
I highly recommend to anyone wanting a great suspense movie to keep them on edge.
Four out of five stars.
“Stuck In Love” (2013) Rated R
This movie was recommended to me by freshman Kathryn Ikeda (@kathrynikeda), and let me tell you how good it is. Normally I don’t like romantic comedies, they’re too much like those crap movies my mother watches on repeat, but this one’s different.
This movie shows the teenage side of the aftereffects of their parent’s bi-polar love story, as well as the teens independent stories as well. The plot revolves around a father, his ex-wife, and his daughter Sam and son Rusty. Sam, Rusty and their dad are all writers, appealing to my literary weakness.
The story seems a bit flat, but that’s expected with this type of movie. It’s very predictable, especially with the parents. However, it features Nat Wolff from “The Fault in Our Stars” and Logan Lerman from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, tying this movie to two other films I adore. Also the soundtrack is on point.
Three and a half out of five stars.
Those are just three out of the dozens of recommendations I received. I promise, I will watch all movies that you sent me, just if I reviewed all of them in the same column, it’d be a novel.