I won’t lie when I only picked this film because I was desperate to see Emma Watson take on the role of someone other than Hermione. She was brilliant. Her short hair may have had something to do with me not thinking of Hermione once throughout the whole film, but that is what she needed; a clean break away from the iconic image. Watson’s American accent could use a polish, but it wasn’t unbearable, the main object was he dispatch from Hermione which she nailed.
The film itself follows 15 year old Charlie (Logan Lerman) coping with traumas he’s faced in the past, experiencing first love and trying to find a group of friends to which he belongs. Sam (Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Erza Miller) take him under their wing to show him the ropes of what it’s like to handle high school.
With an appearance from Paul Rudd (playing a serious character for a change), the film is subtle and delicate, yet packed with twists and turns you never see coming. There is a slight awkwardness on screen which enables the film to welcome you in and make you feel part of the friendship group. Although elements of the story are quite sad, I came away feeling pleasantly happy.
All in all a lovely little film and very much worth a watch, I imagine if you enjoyed the likes of Juno and 50/50 this may be up your street.
‘Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we’re nothing?’ Sam
‘We accept the love we think we deserve.’ Charlie