MOVIES LIKE THIS
THE ART OF GETTING BY:
Lonely high school senior finally meets a girl and finds the opportunity to pursue art while other distractions keep him from graduating.
IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY:
Clinically depressed teenager Craig checks himself into an adult psych ward, only to find friendship there.
‘Never judge a book by its movie.’ While I strongly support this, there are a few exceptions as well. For example when the movie is made by Peter Jackson or when the writer of the book is the movie’s director. For those of who have read Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, they either love Charlie’s everyday battle with being a misfit and growing up in the nineties or hate it. When after one and a half decades, Chbosky decides to write his own screenplay and direct a movie this book, fans were naturally intrigued.
The story of Perks of Being a Wallflower is complex yet easily understandable. Charlie a troubled freshman starts high school without any friends, a history of mental instability and a brilliant mind. In his first year, he finds a misfit bunch of friends in Patrick, Sam and Mary Elizabeth, who are all seniors. For the first time in his life, Charlie finds a group that happily takes him in while he still dwells on the troubling thoughts in his head and struggles to stay calm. It might be a classic story of coming-of-age or a tale of the everyday abuse that teens go through, but for those who have read the book, it has a deeper meaning, it is the stories of everything we think of but can’t say, a story written in an honest voice.
When the writer of such book decides to make the movie himself, he takes on a lot of responsibility. He has to stay true to his own work and to the fans who have come to love it. By casting actors like Emma Watson as Sam and Logan Lerman (from Percy Jackson series) as Charlie, Chbosky was doing what he was supposed to do as both gave stellar performance. However, Ezra Miller’s mischievously funny Patrick stole the show. Since the book almost had a soundtrack of its own, the movie’s task was to follow it, which it did. To those who have not read the book, the movie will just seem like just another teen-angst depiction, but for the fans it is one and half hours where their favourite characters come to life.