“Welcome to the island of misfit toys”.
The ending quote of the newly released clip from The Perks of Being a Wallflower aptly clues audiences on what to expect from the characters and events of the story. The main character Charlie is described as an introvert and in the clip above he is seen delivering the line “I didn’t think anyone noticed me“, which more or less fittingly captures the tone of the story’s underlying deeper and more intricate themes – which are the prevalent yet unfamiliar topics of drugs, homosexuality, loss, sex and suicide – that most of us are aware of but are only acquainted with on a secondary level (not on a personal basis). Stephen Chbosky’s novel was written using the epistolary form which probably added to the beauty and appeal of his story; and it would be interesting to see how successful the film version is in adapting the form to the silver screen that will satisfy both the old fans and new audiences.
The delivery of the lines by the actors in the clip feels real and does not come across as too cheesy, resulting in a warm and endearing scene of bonding and fellowship among friends. The characters in the story look very appealing and if the actors deliver well in the film (and by the looks of the casting talents and the trailer/clip so far, i think they will!), The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie adaptation should no doubt follow the success that its novel counterpart has achieved.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower has a US release date scheduled for the 21st of September, just about 3 weeks away from now. Singapore fans have to wait a little longer, the film is expected to reach our little island only on October the 25th. Hence for people like me who have yet to read the book, there is still time to do so before the movie hits our theatres, yay:)