Review by Leigh Holland.
Directed by: Stella Meghie
Written by: J. Mills Goodloe(screenplay), Nicola Yoon (Book)
Starring: Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson
Released: May 19th 2017
Synopsis: Madeline Whittier has a rare genetic disease that keeps her from developing immunities. Everything, Everything can kill her. Her physician mother has kept her Rapunzeled up in the house, sans long hair, forever. Madeline has a nurse and the only interaction with humans she gets face to face is her mom, her nurse, and her nurse’s daughter. Nobody else can come in because their germs will kill her. Madeline is 17 years old and a teenage boy moves in next door. Naturally, she decides to risk certain doom in order to experience normal teen girl life with a boyfriend on a beach. I’m not going to give away the ending so if you want to know if she dies, you’ll have to watch the movie. Or ask my husband. He spoils every movie.
Characters: Madeline is a sweet young lady with depth and a passionate desire to experience life. Amandla Stenberg is a beautiful, vibrant actress who shines in the role. Despite her condition, she finds ways to genuinely connect with others through the internet. She reads books voraciously and perhaps this is why I relate to her- she’s an online blogger and book reviewer. The title comes from one of her summaries of a book: “Love is Everything, Everything.” Also, she writes a letter to her mom in which she says, “…this isn’t living. I want to experience everything, everything!” Her boyfriend/neighbor is Olly, a kind, smitten lad with domestic issues in his family. He’s played perfectly by Nick Robinson.
Impressions: I liked the movie. Life…it’s worth dying for. Love…it’s worth the risk. This was a sweet film about a boy and a girl falling in love and the girl discovering who she is and what she wants. If you liked any of the older films involving teens living in bubbles due to deadly medical conditions, you’ll like this film a lot. It’s the best of its type I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of the “bubble flicks” growing up.
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Trivia: There is a scene in the movie where the astronaut is sitting on a bar stool in a diner that Maddy created. This scene is a reference to the famous 1942 painting “Nighthawks” by American artist Edward Hopper.