If you know what existentialism is, then you know howhard it is to think like an existentialist. The movie that I watched is “ThePerks of being a Wallflower” and the director of the film is Stephan Chbosky. Theplot summary of this film is that there is a boy named Charlie who just losthis best friend.
It is his first year in high school and he is very nervouswithout his buddy. He goes though many ups and downs in his life but hefinishes his first year of high school and makes friends. I think this moviewas odd but it really showed the idea of existentialism because they focused onabsurdity, isolated and aloneness and focus on other ideas and not themselves. The idea of absurdity is reallyconveyed in this movie.
One event in the movie that shows absurdity is whenCharlie remembers his past and wants to commit suicide. Charlie, the maincharacter, is speaking to himself and he is ashamed and guilty of what happenedin his past and doesn’t want to keep remembering the same event. Charliedoesn’t want to rely on his past experiences and wants to move on. Anotherevent that relates to absurdity is when Charlie had to make friends that thenew school and it was very hard for him. He finally made some friends but theywere all seniors and they had to leave when the year was over. He was veryclose to Sam and Patrick who were his best friends. Charlie was talking tohimself in his event too because he kept telling himself that he has to make afriend on the first day and that his teacher couldn’t be the only friend thathe has.
After his only friends that he had at the school left, he was sad andhe kept thinking about the past but then he started to think about the present.This relates to the thesis because the film did show the idea of absurdity andthese events show it too. This film also shows isolated and aloneness. The idea of being isolated and alone is shownin the film by Charlie. Charlie shows it in the event when he is worried aboutwhere he is and decides to just live his life.
He is unsure if the people thathe makes friends with will like him or not. He is confused about so many thingsin his life that he is alone. Charlie talks to himself which shows that he isalone and he doesn’t have many friends because he moved on from middle schoolto high school. Another event that shows isolation and aloneness is the time whenCharlie’s aunt abused him and his life was different. He was not sure whatexactly happened but as he got older, he understood.
Charlie spoke to himselfabout it and the doctor about his harassment issue. He talked to the doctorabout what exactly happened and then the doctor talk to him. After that he wasby himself for a while and away from many things. This relates to the thesisbecause Charlie was very isolated in this film.
There was another idea shown inthe film which was it focuses on other ideas not themselves. The film focuses on other ideas andnot themselves and Charlie shows some of these events. One event is whenCharlie lost his best friend and now he didn’t have a friend in school. He wasgoing to be all alone and he finally made friends. Charlie focused on otherthings like Sam.
Charlie was always thinking about other things and not himself.For example, he told himself that he had to make a friend the first day ofschool. If the teacher was the only friend that he made then that would be veryweird. It could be because he didn’t want people to judge him to not havefriends and be a loner.
Another event that relates to the idea is when he had acrush on Sam. Charlie was speaking to himself if Sam would actually like him.He was very unsure and didn’t want to make the wrong choice. Charlie didn’twant to just go and talk to her because that would be awkward. Charlie wasconfused about what was happening. Then Sam and Charlie became friends and gotto know each other. Charlie figured out that Sam already had a boyfriend and hecouldn’t date her. This shows that they focused more on the other people andnot on Charlie which relates to my thesis.
These are just some examples ofexistentialism in this film. I believe that “The Perks of Being aWallflower” was a strange movie but it did hit the idea of existentialism becauseit explained absurdity, isolation and loneliness and they focused on otherideas not themselves. Overall, this movie was weird but wasn’t the worst moviethat I have seen. I wouldn’t recommend this movie if you don’t like intensemovies.