Written By: Daniel Kinsley
This is a difficult time. The world is riddled with fear, anxiety, and a deadly disease that has radically interrupted the lives of nearly everyone and everything. So, for the whole month of April, The Porkchop Express presents THE QUARANTINE STREAM, a 30 day series designed to shine a light on a film that is worthy of your time and might very well be the distraction you need. In an effort to keep it fresh, we will be alternating between the big three services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu) and trying to keep the choices as varied as possible.
As we approach the end, let’s take a trip back in time for Day Twenty-Nine to a deeply personal coming-of-age tale. Now available on Netflix.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
One of the reasons that coming-of-age stories remain so prevalent is that growing up is a universal experience. Each generation makes their mark by telling their version of what it was like to begin that transition into early adulthood, and each of us have our favorites. As a young man, Stephen Chbosky’s book The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a tremendously important one for this writer. In 2012, Chbosky made the leap from the page to the screen, adapting his own novel (and marking his directorial debut, to boot) in a near perfect rendering of everything that made the story of Charlie (Logan Lerman) so special to begin with. The cast, led by Lerman and Emma Watson, are uniformly wonderful, and Chbosky achieves that incredibly rare feat of satisfying book fans (and doing a pretty great job behind the camera). Roger Ebert said of this film, “All of my previous selves still survive somewhere inside of me, and my previous adolescent would have loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Nearly two decades after this writer first encountered this story, it remains a stirring reminder of what it is like to be young, and to feel infinite.