October 24, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I first read The Perks of Being a Wallflower way back in high school.
The second time I read it was freshman year in college for a course I was taking. 
I loved it.
From memory, the book perfectly captured those rough adolescent years.
Though the story is told from the perspecitive of someone having a particularly difficult time, his tales are relatable. Everyone has gone through similar situations, the trials and tribulations of growing up. And if you haven't, you're lying or at very least, know someone who has.
Friday night JD and I did something we rarely do, we went to dinner and a movie.
Our date night started with tapas at Cafe Buenos Aires in Huntington at the recommendation
of our friend Dee. Dee has excellent taste in restaurants. Everything we had was delicious.
Then we were off to the Cinema Arts Theater. It reminded me more of a performing arts 
center than a movie theater.  There was a large room with a cafe when we first walked in 
where we got coffees, they offer memberships, and show a lot of indepent and old films. 
It was the perfect place to see this film. JD and I usually try to steer clear of the movies on weekend evenings since it's busy and the movie-goers seem to be there without any intent 
to actually watch the movie... But it was different at this quiet, out of the way 
theater with a cash only box office, everyone was there with a purpose.
The film was written and directed by the author of the book, 
so the adaption was seamless,well cast, and convincing.
 Since I haven't read the book in a while, my memory of it was a little fuzzy. 
Earlier at dinner JD and I recounted important scenes we had remembered 
and we were both happy to find that all of those things that stood out to us in print 
came to life on screen. We walked away feeling so happy that we had seen it. 
It got such a limited release for the big names in the cast 
(Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Joan Cusack to name just a few), 
but I got the feeling that these actors really wanted to be a part of it.
If you have the opportunity to see Perks and haven't already, 
I highly recommend that you do. It's worth it.

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