The Perks of Being a Wallflower
There have been many times in which I reminisce about sitting in my old high school’s quad and eating a slice of pizza with my friends before the eventual bell would separate us buck to English or Chemistry. I think that for a lot of people, high school remains one of their most treasured memories. Whether you were popular or a loser, there is something about that last level of basic education that makes you chuckle a little. I think for me it was discussing our dreams of once we would escape. It’s not that I hated school; it’s just that point when you’re almost an adult and you think you know everything, yet the innocence from the inside thinks the rest of the world operates the same. Now I really encourage people to make everyday the same kind memory like my quad one.
I felt pretty good about myself after seeing Perks of being a Wallflower. This movie presents a lot of characters that I freakishly feel like that I have already met. The people that our hero hangs out with are a lot like that drama kids I used to hang out with. I know that there have been many other high school films about social outcasts, but I haven’t seen one like this in a while. I bet if John Hughes was still alive, he would be a little annoyed that he didn’t think of this before.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is actually based off a young adult novel of the same name that I haven’t read. Though from what I hear, things are very similar. Both sources have the same perspective from young freshman Charlie (played by Logan Lerman). He is entering high school at the same time he still has a little adolescence, so things are nothing but strange.
He finds some help from a brother/sister set of seniors, Sam (played by Emma Watson) and Patrick (played by Ezra Miller). Both of them are outsiders that take joy in the fact that their socially awkward. Charlie decides to hang with them, as they seem to be the only ones that listen to his ideas. Charlie wants to be a writer someday and his only other friend is his English teacher, Mr. Anderson (played by Paul Rudd). He gives Charlie many books that he loved, plus Sam gives him an old fashioned typewriter. What follows is a dark yearbook that flows through this guy’s passage into a writer through the celebration of weirdness.
The story is as awkward as the characters are, but I mean that in a good way. Many of the characters feel like the kinds of friends I had (especially Patrick whose one of the funniest openly gay characters in Cinema). Though I will warn you all that this is much darker then the trailers make it to be. There are discussions of sexuality and suicide, but that makes it a better drama. High School itself has a lot of drama and it’s interesting to see it how Charlie sees it.
I’ll give it four old fashioned typewriters out of five. This is an independent movie, making this feel right along side the other outsiders. So if you can find this school story, then I’d say go see it.