Theone of the “joys” of the year ends when it comes to a subject as itself a little cultural (in this case the cinema), it is falling on a herd of tops in all kinds of summarizing the long and wide that it was absolutely not to be missed. Generally, when one goes regularly in theatres, if we set aside the blockbusters and the “movie rewards” type Cannes or the Oscars, there have been few surprises in the content of these summaries. But there is usually 2 or 3 long feature films, that we squandered, due to lack of time or lack of a number of copies sufficient.
The World of Charlie for me these 2-3 movies that can be found in a few best-of of movie-goers, and that I have obviously escaped in 2013. At the same time, to my shock, a film redolent of the teen-movie, full nose with two main protagonists escaped from the big sagas to license what are Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (Emma Watson and Logan Lerman), it smelled like the Z series a lot too sweet. In the end, I was wrong little about the content : indeed, we are faced with the adolescent world, and one is quickly immersed in a kind of soap-opera predictable. But, because there is a but, the whole is treated in a very beautiful way.
In fact, adapting his own acclaimed novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, published in 1999, Stephen Chbosky rewrites and puts in pictures an epic nostalgic away from some stereotypes americans too neat (the pom-pom girls, etc) but retaining all of the common places that lay in the late teens to the late 80’s and early 90’s with the music, first experiences, the holidays… And live out these initiation rites, leading gradually to the adult age of the marginalized youth, the meaning teen of the term (that is to say, simply not “cool” to their class as the gay, defiant, introverted, etc.).
Playing on shots, had fun with the nostalgia and telling the transience of adolescence, Stephen Chbosky succeeds in the wager of his first feature film. THE WORLD OF CHARLIE will be able to have the most defects of the teen-movies by being cutesy and naive at times, the set has enough body to be a comedy-drama very valuable.
The characters and their interpreters are already a great strength of this film. Expecting little, no doubt because of their filmography, Emma Watson shines in the role of Sam, and especially Logan Lerman, voice-overs, and eponymous hero of the film in the person of Charlie, is impressive in his game on the defensive and the expression on the facet tortured her character. Their side, Ezra Miller cabotine elegantly most of the time (the sequence on the Rocky Horror Picture Show is quite symbolic) while playing a fiber more sensitive in the second half of the movie. In the Face of them, the adults are extremely erased whether it’s parents or English teacher (played by Paul Rudd) who will accompany the hero in his desire to write.
In regard to this character also, as on some elements of the film with, for example, the disk that will be offered at a time to Sam, sometimes we wonder if some items are not understandable, just because one has not read the book or if some cuts are a bit awkward not to have been made in the assembly. This is the only default concrete as opposed to the achievement of Stephen Chbosky which this is the first film. And that there is nothing to suggest to the viewing experience, as the plans as the images are well thought out (in particular the sequence of the tunnel). Add to all this a soundtrack rooted in his time with the Smiths or, especially, David Bowie.
Playing on shots, had fun with the nostalgia and telling the transience of adolescence, Stephen Chbosky succeeds in the wager of his first feature film. The World of Charlie will be able to have the most defects of the teen-movies by being cutesy and naive at times, the set has enough body to be a comedy-drama very valuable. And for me, on paper, it was not won !
• Achievement : Stephen Chbosky
• Screenplay : Stephen Chbosky
• Main actors : Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott…
• Country of origin : United States
• Output : 2 January 2013
• Duration : 1h43mn
• Distributor : SND
• Synopsis : In high school, where he has just arrived, we find Charlie weird. Its sensitivity and tastes are in sync with those of his classmates. To his teacher of Letters, it is without doubt a prodigy, for others, it is just a “loser”. In the meantime, it remains in the margins – until the day when two terminal, Patrick and the beautiful Sam, take him under their wing. Thanks to them, he will discover the music, the parties, the sex… for Charlie, a new world awaits him.