This is a film that was released some time ago now, and although I had heard good things, I never really had any intention to see it. Then one day my girlfriend brought it up. She had read the book, and mentioned that she never got to see the movie adaptation.
So, I discovered this in the Walmart $5 movie bin, which is always a good time. I bought it and we watched it over Valentine’s Day weekend.
This film really hit me on so many emotional levels. It is a great coming-of-age story that really drew me in.
I immediately felt connected to Logan Lerman’s character, Charlie. No, I have not gone through any of the things he has in his past. But I think anyone who can be even a mild introvert could relate to him being so quiet and scared upon entering high school. I myself, had a rapid change in friendships when I entered my freshman year of high school. By that point I was just done with my own class, I chose to hang out with juniors and seniors, much like Charlie.
Charlie is the main character, who struggles with images of a dark past that he cannot get out of his head. These events are revealed at the end of the film, but the main objective for him is finding a way to move on. He finds love through Emma Watson’s character, Sam, and he also forms friendships with several others. The biggest friendship he forms is with Ezra Miller’s character, Patrick.
The character development was handled perfectly for all three of the main characters. Aside from the love plot with Charlie and Sam, I was really drawn to the side plot of Patrick. High school, in the past, was never a place to come out. Even in my school, I had a couple of close friends that could openly admit that they were gay to their best friends, but not the entire school. Times are finally changing, thank goodness. People can be themselves without getting much flack. But even before I graduated, there were still a large number of close minded people, and this was a scary thing for a couple of friends that I had.
This is just one of the many social values are touched upon in this story. And that is why this is a movie that should be watched. There are so many themes of friendship, family, love, individualism, and self-forgiveness.
I’ll give ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ an A. It’s well shot, well-written, and you really feel the character development. I was not expecting this to be so good, so it was a nice surprise.
Check it out!