When my friend dragged me to watch 'Perks of Being a Wallflower', I kept laughing calling it 'Perks of Being a Wall' (i.e. not having to move around much, you can block the wind, strong and steady, etc). I had to eat my words, because it was a very very good movie.
Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky, the story is set in the early 1990s when people still used type writers and made mixed tapes. It is a simple but moving story about a young boy's passage to high school. And no, there are no cheerleaders or 'the plastics', the story manages to avoid clichéd high school plotlines and maintains an authentic vibe about it.
The main star of the movie, Charlie, is portrayed by Logan Lerman, who does a fantastic job. Charlie is awkward and quiet and your heart goes out to him, but at the same time he is the sort of guy that you absolutely want to end up with as well.
Playing his love interest is the beautiful Emma Watson as Sam, who is caring and daring at the same time. Luckily for Charlie she is also in dire need of tutoring for her SATs and thus the two begin to grow closer. And like all high school love stories nothing is straight forward in this relationship and it takes its own sweet time to blossom.
One of my favourite characters was that of Patrick or as he is mostly known 'Nothing', played by Ezra Miller. While he is the comic relief at the beginning of the movie, as the story progresses, it is shown that not all is 'peachy' in his life. My favourite thing about this character was that despite having an entire school call him 'nothing' and having a very complicated and heart breaking relationship he still manages to stand up for himself and act goofy, making you smile.
Adding to the complexity and mystery behind Charlie, who is clearly suffering from some form of mental trauma, is the character of Aunt Helen played by Melanie Lynskey. She appears in Charlie's flashbacks like a ghost and it is unclear whether he adores her or is afraid of her. To make matters more interesting there are several unique characters within the wallflower gang such as the blue jeans stealing Alice and the punk rocker Buddhist, Mary Elizabeth.
The story is narrated by Charlie as he writes to his non-existent pen pal. He grows from being the guy who is too afraid give out the right answer in English class to the guy who manages to strip down and perform as a drag queen as he is taken in by seniors Patrick and Sam. Pretty drastic change!
However, I can assure you, that this is a beautiful story that will make you smile at the end, for you'll see yourself in many of the characters' lives. The 'tunnel scene' in this movie was one of my favourites and I thought it was symbolic of trying to be free and happy or as they say 'we are infinite'.