To this day, I am still haunted by Logan Lerman’s impeccable portrayal of Charlie in the movie Perks of Being A Wallflower. Logan has a delicate sort of tone that is perfect for his character Charlie, and he is able to capture the little nuances in his acting, much like how his character has a perspective that recognizes subtle things in people and in life. The movie as a whole is about “fitting into high school.” While that is the premise of it, there are so many more layers to that theme. It’s about trying to fit in a spectrum ranging from passivity to passion in high school where one is supposed to “find one’s identity”; it’s about experimentation, questioning your values, and trying to find meaning in a mundane place with cruel people. Charlie does it through writing and the guidance of his two best friends. Similarly, writing and friends have gravitated me towards making sense out of high school. I attend a unconventional high school to say the least. Approximately, 75% of the population is international students (mainly Asian) because I attend a boarding school. As well, there are less than 200 students and there is no football or cheerleading team, teams that stereotype an “American high school.” High school is confusing and aggravating at times. However, it is also a place where I believe beautiful memories are made and The Perks of Being A Wallflower is able to capture that beauty.
“We can’t choose where we come from but we can choose where we go from there.” –Stephen Chbosky