On Sunday I saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The movie starring Emma Watson, post Harry Potter. It's based on the book by Stephen Chbosky, and in fact he directs here as well. I'm not even halfway through the book yet but i wanted to see this film for so long. I haven't seen a film like this that consumed the whole of me from the start. The writer/director cares about these characters and you can tell.
It deals with being a teenager and all that goes along with that. You know the usual stuff, death, first love, bullying, mental illness and trying to find a group of friends who like you because you are just, well, you. The beautiful wonderful YOU. Yes, even you.
Oh my god. I cried. I cried some more. And I cried again. It was so moving. The main character Charlie, 15, was beautifully played by Logan Lerman (a new kid on the block, well i certainly haven't seen him in anything before). He managed to capture the character of a Charlie, the wallflower, perfectly. I was with him the whole way through, routing for him. Emma Watson as Sam and Ezra Miller as Patrick (Nothing) are also very well cast. There are parts that are so uplifting my heart swelled and I teared up again. Honestly, it's not a morbid film or anything but the way you get to know the characters and the way Charlie narrates the story too... wonderful.
It got me thinking. About me, being a wallflower and all. There were even a few lines in it that i'm going to type up, print off and read them every morning in the hope of instilling some sense of self worth. It made me think about where i stand just now, where I want to be and how i'm going to get there. Even down to the people around me who like me, just for being me, and well enough to want to spend time with me. Very few and far between I might add. I couldn't help think that Charlie was lucky because here he was, still in high school and he appeared to have found those people. Real good people.
I have to mention the music. It plays a big part. It drives the film along nicely too. The 'Infinite' song really made me heave a sob at the end. In a good way.
In a way that I was reassured about Charlie* and his future. *Me.