I've discovered this: as one gets older, no matter how contenting daily life may be, the desire to return to one's youth grows so great that even full knowledge of just how miserable the experience was has little extinguishing power. 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower,' a '90s period piece and the latest in a "warts-and-all" look at adolescence knows this, embraces it and even celebrates the horrifying moments of growing up as the ones most worthy of celebration.
'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' has to be many things to many people. For fans of the acclaimed novel, it has to live up to the images they cooked up in their head. For Summit, it has to prove that they can deliver films that don't have 'Twilight' in the title. For Emma Watson, it has to give her career life beyond the 'Harry Potter' franchise. For Ezra Miller, it has to prove to audiences that he can play roles beyond bow wielding psychopaths named Kevin. The film isn't out until September, but we can start here with a new poster and clip.