The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

So I went to see the movie: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower & read the book! Initially I was going to wait until I posted about this movie/novel because I wanted to have a decisive opinion on whether I would enjoy the movie/novel as much or not without the hype surrounding it. But that didn’t work out so yeah. I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it because it seemed like a cliché of high school right-of-passage movie. Filled with drugs, sex, and music from the past we all wish we were born in. I guess I feel different now but my opinion has stayed somewhat the same. Strictly speaking, yes I will discuss the plot in detail so for those of you who don’t want me to spoil anything for you please stop reading here.

Plot: Charlie is the alias narrator of both the book and the movie. He writes a series of letters to an anonymous friend. Charlie is affected deeply by the suicide of one of his close friends, he doesn’t really have friends and feels that his parents and siblings don’t quite understand him. The only person Charlie had felt close to was his Aunt Helen who dies on his seventh birthday. Throughout the rest of the book/movie we see Charlie struggle, but grow, he makes new friends and tries to cope with terrible past that haunts him.

 

The three main characters in the movie are Charlie (Logan Lerman) Sam (Emma Watson) & Patrick (Ezra Miller) for many people the role played by Emma Watson will be very different to how they have seen the Harry Potter star previously. Whether you watch this in cinema or you sit at home on your bed and read it, you will know that Stephen Chbosky (Writer & Director) truly paid justice to the book by staying true to what he wrote and mimicking it completely. Not that any of what he wrote about was original or portrayed in an original way.

So now I will explain why I wasn’t very keen on watching the movie where as I felt the complete opposite about the book. I thought like many others this would be a standard movie about how an American teenager struggles with social cliques etc. Although, it did deal with such content, I believe that there was somewhat an original spin about it than I had previously misconceived. Through the use of literate and fine music – not the namby pamby stuff we hear nowadays – and by using letters to help the audience create a greater personal relationship with the main character. Chbosky allowed us to see the “teenager” in a different light. Everything from The Smiths to Bowie to Susanne Vega is included and it’s all executed well! Although the movie is one of many alike, the realism of this movie is mesmerising and will be graciously appreciated by the teenage audience!

As cliche as this movie was and the material being all to familiar, the acting was brilliant as the issues that it discusses can be very difficult to approach or talk about. This was a different role for Emma Watson as she was stepping away from the Harry Potter world and pursuing acting roles in non-wizard related. I believe she did herself justice and proved that she has more to her acting skills than waving a wand. I will not lie and tell you that I did cry at a particular scene in the movie where Charlie keeps repeating to himself “Stop crying” and we are all lead to believe that he is going to kill himself because what is finally made obvious to us is that his Aunt Helen that he loved the most, sexually abused him.

Overall, it can be excused that the issues discussed/portrayed were familiar, I really felt connected with every single moment Charlie went through on screen and reading the words on the page.