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PerksThe “Wallflower” on the Big Screen
“…And in that moment, I swear, we were infinite.”
When I knew that Stephen Chbosky’s moving and illustrious novel will have a movie adaptation, I was real skeptic about it. With the overly mainstream use of infamous books as a direction for Hollywood films this generation, and being an aficionado of the book itself, I hoped that The Perks of Being a Wallflower will be done justice. Or else, I’ll be shouting, “No, damn you, Hollywood. Is nothing sacred to you?,” like Ezra Miller did in his Jimmy Kimmel Live! guesting.
After watching the movie though, my wish was granted, sort of. Perks as a movie did not fully lived up to its original published form, but it was still able to leave its audience with a tug at the heartstrings.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower tells about Charlie (played by Logan Lerman), who enters his first year of high school while coping with the suicide of his only friend in middle school, Michael and is pretty much trying to “participate” with the rest of the world. He also writes to his “friend,” an unknown persona whom he describes as nice though they’ve never actually met. However, high school isn’t so kind to him. If not neglected, he gets bullied. Luckily, Charlie befriends his English teacher, Bill, who believes in Charlie’s talent in writing. Charlie also makes a friend out of seniors, Patrick (Ezra Miller), who he approaches first in a football game which is his attempt to overcome shyness, and Sam (Emma Watson), Patrick’s step-sister who becomes Charlie’s love interest. Both are free spirits who do all kinds of silly and cool high-school things who helped Charlie get out of his shell and eventually became Charlie’s best friends.
During the school year, Charlie experienced all sorts of things with his new found set of friends and fellow “misfit toys.” He got his highs and booze from trying out drugs and alcohol, created mix tapes with wistful songs (always with the song...