So it’s something of a shame that I missed out on The Perks of Being a Wallflower while it was in theaters. Considering that the majority of my social circle is involved in the film scene in one form or another, you would’ve thought that I would have caught this film far earlier. But shit happens and occasionally awesome movies get lost in the cracks, which is a shame; The Perks of Being A Wallflower is an absolutely beautiful movie.
The movie – based off the epistolary novel of the same name – follows Charlie , the eponymous wallflower, as he enters his freshman year of high-school. As the movie starts, Charlie is shy to the point of being nearly mute; he’s unpopular, socially awkward, a lover of books and a decidedly unconventional thinker. He has no friends, no direction and no confidence. School is a neverending parade of indignities, insults and the painful isolation of feeling alone in a crowd.
And yet over the course of a year, Charlie – with some help from his friends – grows and changes into a far more confident and self-assured young man. He may have been a wallflower when he started… but he’s far more at the end.
And if you’re the sort of person who can relate to Charlie’s situation, whether you’re in high-school, college or older, there’s a lot to learn from his growth.