Instead of enjoying a beautiful sunny day off out at the beach or taking in nature with a hike, I decided to drag my boyfriend into a dark, and slightly warmer than I’d like, movie theatre to watch Everything Everything.
Young Adult books are my weakness, but movie adaptations of said YA books are an even bigger weakness. That being said, I haven’t read the book so my opinions on this movie is based on just that, the movie.
I think that walking into this movie with the mindset that it might get a little (or hella) cheesy helped a lot in not judging it too harshly. Let me run through the plot of the movie.
This movie is about a girl named Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg) who suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency, also known as SCID. They delve into it more in the movie even showing some helpful graphics but the gist of it is that her immune system is very weak and unable to fight even the most common bacteria. Because of her illness, she is forced to live her life at home where her mom (played by Anika Noni Rose) has taken every measure possible to ensure that it is safe for Maddy.
Life was normal, until a new family moves in next door. It all started with lingering looks from Maddy in her bedroom and the boy she’d soon come to know as Olly (Nick Robinson). There in lies the problem. Boy and girl meet… er … stare longingly at each other via their bedroom windows. Boy and girl talk. But with Maddy trapped indoors by her illness how will this relationship ever work?
Okay, now.. How did I feel about this film? Also, I don’t know when I’ll stop disclosing this since all my reviews have it but, spoiler alert.
I will admit that there were scenes that had me feeling just like the squealing girls behind us but there were also times that had me like wtf? I forgot to take my adulting pants off so when Maddy was signing up for credit cards left and right and maxing them out with spontaneous trips to Hawaii??? I was like uh hello who is paying for this!!!
I heard reviews saying that the writing was a little, bleh. And I have to say that I agree but only when it came to Olly. The dialogue written for Maddy I felt was pretty apropos but Olly just sounded like a guy you could only find in books written for these kinds of stories. It didn’t feel genuine enough for me but my love for Nick Robinson overshadowed that. Ugh, such a cutie.
The climax of the film happens after the Hawaii trip that Olly and Maddy take after Maddy decides to run away from home to finally find out if the illness she had is as serious as her mom makes it out to be. About 20-25 minutes into the movie, I had typed into my phone notes what I thought the climax was going to be about to refrain spoiling the movie for C and lo and behold, ya girl was right. My exact note was “WHAT IF SHES NOT DYING AND HER MOM TELLS HER SHE IS CAUSE SHE DOESNT WANT HER TO GO OUT AND DIE LIKE HER DAD AND BROTHER” Yes, I wrote the note in all caps. And yes, I know she’s not dying. I meant to say that going into the outside world would kill her but my brain wouldn’t work and I just wanted to get my idea out.
It was a little expected to be honest, especially if you’ve seen the movie Bubble Boy. But it was still a shock to some people *cough* C *cough* and based on the soft gasps I heard in the theatre.
All in all, I did enjoy the film for what it was. I love Amandla, I love Nick (can you tell? HAHA) And I thoroughly enjoyed the very short scene where they sang along together. I squealed, not gonna lie.
I also loved the soundtrack for the movie. Whoever was in charge deserves all the awards. They had Khalid, Kehlani, Francis and the Lights, and The Internet. Like yaas. It spoke to me on so many levels.
The visuals were also very nice. I enjoyed the scenes where Maddy imagined their text conversations as face to face conversations with the astronaut in the background. And the scenes with the graphics were cute.
I would give this movie an over all 3/5. Not terrible, not life changing, definitely enjoyable.