Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t been around much lately – school occasionally demands my attention. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’m back now and gearing up for finals, and my attention is back on this blog. I probably won’t catch up on the weeks of Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, Supernatural, and New Girl that I missed, but starting this week, my reviews will be regular. Maybe I’ll catch up on those episodes during a week when they’re not airing a new episode. But until then, you can expect reviews of all four this week, as well as reviews of all the movies I’ve seen this month. I’ll be posting movie reviews once a week, and in order of when I saw them, so forgive me if you don’t care about Argo in two weeks.
The first movie I saw this month was Wreck-It Ralph. Spoilers are ahead, so if you haven’t seen it and are planning on it, don’t look ahead!
Seven years ago, I read Perks of Being a Wallflower for the first time. I’ve been reading since I was four-and-a-half, and while, as I’ve previously mentioned, usually I read superficial teen fiction, every now and then I read a book that genuinely changes my life, most notably by altering the way I want to write. Perks gave me the ream to write a book that would change someone’s life.
So when I heard that they were adapting it into a movie, and that the author, Stephen Chbosky, would be writing and directing it, I pretty much cried. I finally saw the movie I’ve been waiting seven years to see, and it was perfect. I should warn you that this review is probably going to suck, since I don’t think there’s a single thing I didn’t like about this movie…so, you know, have fun reading my love letter to Perks of Being a Wallflower.
I had heard great things about Pitch Perfect, and as a musical theatre nerd who spent all four years of high school taking chorus, I was excited to see it. Overall, it was an enjoyable movie, with some well-developed characters you could root for and song arrangements that gave me chills. The movie was strongest when it was following the acapella groups; its attempts at deepening the story largely failed, leading to uneven characterization and some storylines that were either pointless or went nowhere altogether. But its strong moments were great, and at the very least, it was entertaining throughout. (And obviously, there be spoilers ahead.)