Seldom does a cinematic experience inspire the mind, refresh pensivity and elevate hope in perfect unison. But in case you’re on the hunt for the rare trio, consider Steve Chbosky’s “Perks of Being a Wallflower” (starring Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson), a film with a savvy script, accomplished by not only blending dark emotional content with charismatic eccentricity, but by merging human delicacy with authentic transparency. Likewise, by abandoning cliché techniques and creating relatable characters, the film does more than stir the soul, but advances perspective through an energizing dose of cadence and originality. And despite its whimsical charm, the heart of the film is never compromised: Sometimes, we just need to roll down the window and look up.
By delicately addressing the deep places of identity, the audience is given the chance to relate to various elements on multiple levels, especially through each character’s emotional intersection. No doubt, this is most succinctly evident in the movie’s tagline, boldly declared by an awakened protagonist: