“Perks of Being a Wallflower” has got to be one of the most charismatic, eye-opening movies I have ever watched. The acting skills and scripting of this movie are beyond imposing, it will leave you with your jaw on the floor by the time it’s over. This movie takes place in the early 1990s, with Charlie, a freshman beginning high school.
On Charlie’s first day he’s very anxious because he considers himself an outsider and lacks confidence when it comes to being in a social setting. The night of his first day of high school he meets two sympathetic seniors, Sam and Patrick, who are half siblings. They quickly click with Charlie and start to gain an amazing friendship throughout the course of the movie. Charlie starts to open up to Sam and Patrick and hints at his struggles with depression over the suicide of his best friend and telling his story of sexual assult involved with somebody closest to him, a family member
This movie really captures the love of friendship that Charlie had never received/felt like he received throughout his childhood. He never felt comfortable enough to open up to anybody but he finally met amazing friends that loved him for him. This story really focuses on the saying that “you don’t know everything that is happening in a person’s life behind the scenes.”A person can be so loved but never feel worthy enough or trust anybody enough and talk about their own story, like Charlie felt at first. That is why I love this movie.
This production was so well scripted and has amazing actors that really secure the emotion of these touchy subjects. Some people might not have a support system or anybody they feel like they can talk to if they are going through something like Charlie did. I personally cannot relate to Charlie with some of the things that he went through, but I did find this movie very comforting.
People who might have gone through things very similar to Charlie might use “Perks of Being a Wallflower” as their support system. It might encourage them to want to get help or make them realize that they are not alone and so many other people might be going through the same thing that they are, they just might not know it.
This movie does cover some sensitive topics but it also shows the character progression of Charlie and the amazing friendship he gained throughout his freshman year. That is why “Perks of Being a Wallflower” is my favorite movie. I could never watch it too many times.
Phalia Trahan, Staff Writer
Junior Phalia Trahan is a staff writer for the 2022-2023 Colonel Newsmagazine. She likes painting, listening to music and spending time with her friends.