I recently watched “The Perks of being a Wallflower”. Though I don’t usually watch movie adaptations, without first reading the books, I know I can’t read every book that was adapted into a movie. So I decided to shed my useless ego and watch the movie.
First, I liked Emma Watson’s look in the movie. Free spirited, smiling girl. With short hair.
But the movie was more than pretty faces.
From sexual abuse, to introversion and deaths, the story speaks of stuff that any teenager can easily relate to.
And yes, bad relationship decisions too.
Thing is, a lot of movies nowadays, cover all these topics. But, this wasn’t just another story.
The protagonist, Charlie, is an introvert. The story begins with him writing a journal entry about his fears for the following day, his first day of high school.
Personally, I could relate to this character unlike, any movie I’ve seen before. (And yes, I’m selective when it comes to movies) An introvert, he makes his action plan for the next day, but as all plans go, he was flunked.
That’s when I felt like shouting, “That is so me.”
At the end of his first day, Charlie is left with one friend. Which, his English teacher thinks, is good for starters.
“If my English teacher is the only friend I make today, that’ll be sorta depressing.”
Then come his friends. Patrick and Sam. Step-siblings. And seniors.
Those two, reflect simplicity. Their love for old songs, and the way Sam enjoys tunnel rides, all of that will bring a smile on to your lips. If it didn’t, well you need to loosen up a bit.
All seems fine, until Charlie realizes his feelings for Sam (Sam’s a girl (FYI)). Yet again, he does something realistic, he ignores it. He wants Sam to be happy, but he also knows that she has chosen the wrong person.
The English teacher Mr Anderson is a perfect embodiment of a great teacher. He lends Charlie books to read, and does give away some brilliant relationship advice,
“Because we accept the love we think we deserve.”
We, as an audience, are constantly surprised at the depth of the characters. Patrick, shows that he is capable of some deep thoughts as well.
“Why can’t we save anybody?”
This is probably one of the most relatable quotes of the movie. We’d have all had the same thought at one point of time. I know I did.
And though it might sound trivial, the situation is not.
This movie is full of wonderful dialogues. Even though I can’t tolerate romance, I’m wondering if I should read that book, only for the dialogues.
“You see; you understand, you’re a wallflower” – Patrick
They were that good.