The Perks of Being A Wallflower

12 Mar

I usually don’t use this platform for movie commentary unless it is something that truly moves me, but I truly loved this movie. I think one of the reasons it came out so great was because its author was also its director.How often does that happen? Never. He knew what he wanted to be expressed by the movie and it resulted in perfection.

That being said, The Perks of Being a Wallflower focuses on a right of passage every teenager is faced with, high school being tough. There is no two ways around that notion. How one deals with the challenges faced is truly what helps shape you as a person. In a coming of age story, it combines this mantra in a journey taken by three teenagers Charlie, Sam, and Patrick. Throughout this one year, there are confessions of love, fear, and mistakes that are so poignant, so honest, and so heartfelt. These confessions were felt as more dramatic because they weren’t the expected route.

It worked so well because it portrayed how high school can actually be in real life. Most of the people you cross paths with, you encounter a very superficial level of understanding until you provoke deeper engagement and conversation. When we are confronted with something real about those who we might not normally engage with, there can be a moment of panic. Chbosky captures this spot on.

Have you seen this movie & read this book? What were your thoughts?

One Response to “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”

  1. Marylin Warner May 19, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    I read the book AND saw the movie. Normally, the book always wins, but in this case it was a tie. I loved both. The book’s details were excellent, but the casting of the movie superbly rounded out full visions.

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