Infinite: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

To “Sam”,  here are my thoughts.

As  [demanded]  requested. 😉

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The Story:

The book is a compilation of letters a teen named Charlie (not his real name) sends to an anonymous friend as a sort of diary. The story tackles Charlie’s involvement in sex and drugs, his struggle in school,  his family relationship, and with himself.

Comments:
             I like how crudely the author have touched the ominous topic of sex, drugs, homosexuality and abuse. It has followed how teens are exposed and confused with their lives.  Movie goers should focus on the witty lines and interesting twists they shouldn’t miss.

Good Points:

The perks of this book is its being realistic, no holds barred, vulgar but informative, compassionate, and delicate way of painting the picture of teenage life —the peer pressures, the innocence, the struggle to fit in. I also liked how the book mentioned a lot of good to read classic novels.

Movie Adaptation:
             Since the Author of the book Stephen Chbosky was also the Director of the movie, I find it nicely done. Though the author has left many scenes to be just in the book, he also satisfies the viewers with the hightlights [the tunnel trip, the hilarious rocky horror show, the party, the thing with Aunt Helen]. The whole ‘meat’ of the story is well done –like a roasted chicken without the bloody meat in the core. The casting was fitting — just as I imagined Charlie would look like. Emma Watson exhibits a different role being Sam, as opposed to being Hermoine. It’s fresh and just adorable.
Quotable Quotes:

One of the thought provoking quotes from the book, it hits you just right and leaves you thinking to yourself whispering “yeah, right”.

              Some individuals are just as happy to be loved half-heartedly. Some demands for more. Some are just contented for it to be one-sided. Some are just as happy as they are treated, though for somebody’s point of view, they deserve more. The fact is, it’s on the question of self-worth. How much do you see yourself? How you think you should be treated is a reflection of how much price you tag yourself with.
             It’s not bad or anything, it’s just the way it is.  People often choose to accept the love they think they deserve, neglecting the fact that they are very worthy of such overpowering love.   Much more from the source of all love –God. Some fail to receive that precious  gift.  Open your eyes  heart. Be enlightened.
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Here’s another quote from the book:

Bullseye! eh?

Not-So-Good Points:
                  What I find hard when reading this book was the mysterious gaps the author leaves you with. It keeps you wondering as to what happened and forces you to analyze Charlie’s statements. [Maybe that means I’m not smart enough to read between the lines. haha 😀 ] And maybe that’s what also gives the book a taste of mystery, deliciously dark.

Reflections:

Life is not a puzzle to be solved, but a game to be played. Be who you are, not just for any other people but for yourself. Be a wallflower— see things, understand, and keep quiet. Know that every individual has his own story and you can never blame them, it’s their choice.
“… even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.” (The Perks…)
Please do ‘participate’ in life. Make sure that at some point, strive to exist. Find purpose. Chase happiness. Be infinite.  
Personal Rating (from a novice):
             Book: 9.2/10
             Movie: 8.8/10
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“Di dahil gusto mo, makukuha mo.” (The Mistress)

 

Parang ngayon lang nagsi-sink in ang linyang ito mula sa The Mistress. Ewan ko pero parang dama ko na ang lungkot eh limang araw na matapos kong panuorin ang pelikula. [tinamaan ng ka ’emo’-han]

Gusto ko sana talagang sumulat ng review ukol sa pelikula kaso parang ang ganda ng pelikula para isang baguhan lang [ako] ang kikilatis. Pangalawa, baka ma-spoil ko ang mga nakakaantig na eksena at rebelasyon.

Gayunpaman, heto at hindi ko pa rin kayang pigilan at papakawalan ko na ang mga nadarama.

 

Ang Istorya

Malayo sa trailer, hindi lang ito patungkol sa pagiging kabit. Ang kwento ay tumatalakay din sa relasyon ng pamilya, ng mga pinagdadaanan ng iba’t ibang tao. Mula sa father-and-son/mother-and-daughter grudges, sa sakripisyo ng isang anak, sa galit at pag-iintindi ng isang asawa, sa mga nakaraan na hindi na kayang baguhin pa, hanggang sa pag-usbong ng pag-asa at bagong buhay.

Ito ay isang kwento ng pag-ibig—isang anak sa kanyang mga magulang, pamilya, sarili, trabaho– at ang kalakip na mga pagsasakripisyo.

 

Ang [pinag-uusapang] Ending

Parang kape. Mapait na matamis-tamis. Nalalayo sa nakasanayan ngunit nasa tamang timpla. Gigisingin nito ang mga emosyong nakatago at pinapag-isip ka sa sarili mo. Ito’y nagsisilbing kabuuan ng kwento. Simple lang iyon pero ang daming pakahulugan: na ang mundo ay patuloy na iinog, mangyayari ang mga dapat mangyayari, magkakatuluyan ang talagang itinakda, na hindi lahat ng love story ay happy ending kaagad [katulad ng fairytales] dahil ang pag-ibig ay hindi lamang para sa dalawang taong nagmamahalan. Makatotohanan. Basta, kayo na humusga.

 

Sa Kabuuan

Maihahanay ito sa mga magagandang gawa ng Star Cinema. Kapagka ang isang pelikula ginamitan ng “THE” [The Road, The Healing, The Reunion, The Alchemist, The Walang Hanggan, The Be Careful with My Heart :D] nararapat lang na maging maganda talaga iyon. Hindi nabigo ang pelikula at napatunayan nitong nababagay ang “THE”.

Hindi man ako talagang fan ng John Lloyd-Bea love team pero nagustuhan ko ang pelikula. At aaminin ko, bumilib ako sa akting ng dalawa.

Nagbigay din ng konting LSS yung kantang “Chasing Cars” ng Snow Patrol na ginawang theme song ng pelikula.

Clarence Delgado pala pangalan niya. (photo from digplanet.com)

(photo from starmometer.com with contents from Adela)

 

Magaling din ang supporting cast. Bukod sa apat na main characters, hindi rin malilimutan ang cute na batang mataba at ang matandang si Ms. Anita Linda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marami rin akong napansin na picture perfect moments. Mga tipong animo’y photoshoot para sa isang magasin. Yung isang tumatak sa akin yung makikita sa trailer na tulay na may reflection din sa tubig. Breathtaking yun. Marami pang mga magagandang shots sa pelikula. Katulad na lamang nito.

(photo from entertainment.inquirer.net)


Ang Trailer

http://youtu.be/oAvVVsNenS8

GREAT LOVE…

…begins with ATTRACTION

…fueled by DESIRE

…takes on RISKS

…comes with PAIN

…comes with HOPE.

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Hindi po ako bayad ha. 😀 Pero nais ko lang talagang ipaalam na hindi sayang ang pera niyo kung papanuorin niyo ito.

Mga Paalala

(Kung sakaling naisipan niyong manood)

1. Magdala ng panyo. Huwag kang manghingi sa kasama, hindi mo na rin ito maisasauli.

2. Siguraduhing naubos na ang baong chichirya bago or sa umpisa ng pelikula para hindi mabulunan kung sakaling matawa or maiyak ka sa bandang gitna ng pelikula.

3. Magdala ng tubig. Nakakatulong yun para tumigil ka sa paghagulhol. O sa kaso ko, para pigilan ang pag-iyak.

4. Siguraduhing nakainom ng gamot para sa altapresyon. Baka mag-init ang loob mo.

5. Pumunta ng maaga sa sinehan. Medyo may kahabaan din ang pila.

6. Mag-CR para walang makaligtaan na parte.

7. Maglinis ng tenga, para klaro mo ang mga linya [lalo na ang mga bulong ni JD]

8. Huwag manood mag-isa. Kailangan mo ng shoulder to cry on at kausap.

9. Expect the unexpected. [parang horror ba? :D]

10. Siguraduhing bukas ang kaisipan sa mga bagay-bagay. Malalim ang pelikula. Baka malunod ka, magdala ng salbabida.