Sometimes, I don't feel like talking because I can't handle the emotions once my mouth opens and let the words spill.
A lesser known fact I found out about me is that, of all my 'Favourites' I can list with a high degree of certainty, 'Movies' is not one of them. In fact, I rarely rave about a movie other than saying that it's either "Definitely worth the watch. In fact, it's so good, I watched it TWICE in the cinema!" (only once for The Dark Knight) or "Yeah, it's good, I think you'll like it," that I don't think I can list a "Favourite Movie" if I were asked.

I find that a number of the movies I've watched that are listed as a 'Favourite" by thousands of people, or scored a high rating on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, have left me very disappointed. Take this example as one which I was so appalled with after watching it, that instead of negatively-raving about it, I summarised the whole movie and told it to my friends with every grotesque detail unspared, in hopes that they don't always fall for ratings like I naïvely did.

So today, with the experience of hindsight and some 'experimenting', I found a movie I daresay I actually really like and would like to give my two cents' worth. That movie is The Perks of Being A Wallflower.



While on a flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo, I was contemplating to either sleep or watch a movie. The decision was tough because I pulled just over 4 hours of sleep the night before after a busy day of sightseeing. Needless to say, my eyelids were heavy and sleeping would indeed be a very good choice.
But because I couldn't waste the chance of watching at least one of the latest releases in that Cathay Pacific flight (what an awesome airline), I browsed through the choices available which was when I chanced upon this movie. If it wasn't for the countless posters and advertising for this movie during my final days in Sydney, I would probably not have been as curious about this show as I had been on that flight.

My first impressions of this movie at the time in Australia was that it was another coming-of-age tale that would over-romanticise the joys and pains of growing up, that it had a cast of actors who aren't very famous and that if it hadn't the stunning Emma Watson in it (I've always thought of her acting in the Harry Potter series as a bit overbearing which dropped my impression of the movie further), it would have no saving grace at all.

So, first impressions aside, I thought to myself that I ought to give it a go and either prove myself right, or be pleasantly surprised.

And oh boy, I can tell you I was very much pleasantly surprised; in fact, I loved every minute of it.

Imagine a girl eating her foil-contained airplane meal with her torso bent awkwardly to prevent any unwanted spills, with her eyes glued to the screen for the majority of the time. That was how hooked I was.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story told in the first-person by a freshman named Charlie, the protagonist. The show begins from the time when Charlie begins his freshman year at a new high school. He is shy and keeps to himself mostly, until he comes about making friends with the flamboyant Patrick and his beautiful step-sister Sam, both seniors in high school. They took Charlie as 'one of their own', and their friendship blossomed and the three of them became very close.
The story continues with surprising and oftentimes shocking developments, though I think I've said too much. So I'll stop here with regards to the plot.

I find this story moving, touching and profound; a coming-of-age tale told with a beauty that I find inexplicable. It makes me feel that growing up is filled with such intense delight and sorrowful pain, which questions the promise of happiness: does it really lie waiting at the corner? Perhaps this is the very notion of youth, that the possibility of the future is what it thrives on. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is just that: it felt to me genuineness of youth, full of emotional highs and lows, and self-discovery. It is also a story of an unforgettable friendship filled with the ups and downs of growing up.

I don't know why the movie struck a chord with me, if it was that the actors were perfectly cast, or that it wasn't the awkward film I thought it would be; I just truly enjoyed it. Logan Lerman's performance as Charlie was simply brilliant, and kudos to Ezra Miller and Emma Watson as Patrick and Sam. They really nailed it.

This movie has strong adult themes and parental guidance is advised for the underaged.

I forgot to mention that this film is an adaptation of a book by the same name written by Stephen Chbosky. I went looking for a digital copy of the book online and I found one. I finished reading it during my 5-day holiday in Tokyo,Japan. I read it every night before I go to bed. In my opinion, I think both the book and the movie are equally good. Go read and watch them. I think you'll like it too.