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Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Today I saw the newly released film: The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I loved it so much. I'd previously read the book and simply couldn't wait to see the film, especially as the writer o the book was also the writer and director of the film. I just have to say, the film was so amazing and so inspirational to me. I think it effected and inspired me more than the book did, quite an achievement since I've always preferred books to films. I also feel like having the same writer for both mediums allowed us to see sides of the characters that aren't mentioned in the book come to life.

I think there's something about Perks that can only be truly felt through the magic of cinema and sound. The music plays such a huge part in both versions but the only way this story can really come alive is through the actual sound of the music and both seeing and feeling the way the characters feel because of this music. The characters of Sam and Patrick are so larger than life that they demand to be seen off the page. Logan mirrors every introverted, geeky teenager in one way or another and the way he is acted is spot on in showing this. The other, more minor characters are so much more recognizable and distinct through film. The way every character in this film is portrayed is one of the main reasons why I think the film stood out to me.

In all, I think that Perks shows every teenager that no matter how messed up things can become, you can find the peace and happiness in your life through the people around you if you truly try. It shows how people who have been messed up earlier on in life can find their own distinct group, their people who know their past but accept and support them. It shows how you only need a few people who really do love and care about you for things to be okay. In the end you're left with the feeling that sometimes things are bad but eventually they will mostly be good.

I feel like the film of Perks has changed me in a way and I'm so glad I let it.

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