Now that the Oscars are over and we all know Argofckyourself is “Best Picture,” and Anne Hathaway is the “Best Supporting Actress,” but I would like to kindly disagree with this rash decision made on my behalf by people, I do not know, and with whom I am unfamiliar with their mysterious and occult like qualifications.
The film that sits in the Best Picture spot for 2012 has to be the movie adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.” This coming of age story is a cross between “The Breakfast Club” and “500 Days Of Summer,” our main character Charlie is a freshman in high school, who writes letters to an anonymous “friend” to try and make sense of all the new and traumatic things in his life. During his freshman year, Charlie is taken in by a group of seniors who appreciate the always watching but never judging style of our young hero.
Throughout the film we learn more about Charlie and his gang of new friends, and his fascination with the one they call “Sam.” Sam, played by Emma Watson *sha-wing* is the free spirited, once popular now outcast, insanely hot but doesn’t know it girl. I know this role is cliche, but ask any man if they went to high school with a girl like this and they will say yes, and it didn’t matter if she knew you existed or not, you would have given up a piece of your body for one night of consensual sex with her. In the book, the depths of Charlie’s love for Sam is revealed more completely but the movie does do a good job of capturing the spirit of it.
In the end, the movie adaptation of this dark, yet moving book, is a fair representation of the book itself. The end of the movie does not bring closure, but instead offers the hope that no matter what, if you enjoy moments for what they are, and allow yourself to live in them, you will find happiness and sunshine, even in the darkest hours of life. Watch the movie or read the book, but make sure you expose yourself to this movie and its message.