The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
We’re dropped in smack dab in the middle of Charlie’s (Logan Lerman) development. A story centered on firsts. First year in high school, first friends, first kiss, first drugs. New experiences are the order of the day in this film based on Stephen Chbosky’s novel, the same person who wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. From bookshelves to the silver screen, Chbosky has had a seldom seen control of the way things are portrayed giving us as close to an interpretation of his story as he had in his mind while writing it.
As the story progresses we can see Charlie begin to “participate” more in life trying to distance himself from his “observer” ways. While doing this he makes honest mistakes that could be expected, without much surprise, of anyone in a similar position. We see him screwing up, and screwing up while trying to make it up, and all of this because he’s decided to venture out of the “comfort” zone that tucked him to bed all this time. The movie is titled “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” but while the end draws near one can see the irony in using the word “perks”, one can see the dangerous side effects it may have in an individual. As the story progresses further building up to numerous climaxes before it slows down to a final designed to leave the audience with a mellow ending.