Teen Movie, Perks of Being a wallflower
The movie ‘Perks of Being a wallflower’ is a youth movie where young people from different starting lines comfort each other and grow themselves into bigger people. 'Charlie', who suffered from severe wounds as a child and couldn't get along with others, goes into high school, but still lives in a world of her own, confined to herself. 'Charlie' only shrinks as the stares and bullying of her friends go on. Then one day, he meets Patrick, a third-year senior who seems to have a unique mental world. And by chance, he meets his little sister, Sam, who is also a bit unique. These two and 'Charlie', who live like free spirits without caring about the eyes of others, discover a common denominator of childhood wounds and pain and start to get closer.
The characteristic of youth films is that everyone has their own pain. The main subjects often appear as teenagers suffering from various problems such as an uncertain future, estranged love, bullying, divorce, and abuse. As they grow up in this pain, they are trying to understand and accept their ‘starting line’. ‘We cannot choose where we start, but we can choose where we are going’ Adults like us also have different starting points. And many of these lines are obviously given against our will. But most people have to compete together on the starting line through no fault of their own. But young people have a privilege. It means that you can now stand on another starting line of your own choosing. This sounds scary in a way. Now, if you deviate from here, there's no other chance...
However, this film talks about the power to pioneer oneself, the power to love oneself and carve out one's own destiny without being encroached by darkness even though youth is always so sick and lonely. In that respect, the scene that stayed in my mind the most was the pickup truck scene. Sam climbs into the back of the truck and stretches her arms out like a titanic heroine to feel the wind in the tunnel. Then the screen changes to reveal a beautifully sparkling night view. He almost hits his head on a sign while driving down the road, but Sam cheerfully gets out of the way. I think this scene symbolizes teenagers themselves. Our teenagers running like crazy in an unknown and confined space... And if we endured the dangers and ambiguity of the tunnel with friendship and love, and even had the will to enjoy it, we would be able to change the jungle-like world beautifully.
Myungja Anna Koh