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Movie Review: Everything, Everything

Updated on June 1, 2017
Everything, Everything movie poster featuring Amandla Stenberg (Madeline Whittier) and Nick Robinson (Olly).
Everything, Everything movie poster featuring Amandla Stenberg (Madeline Whittier) and Nick Robinson (Olly).

Love Is Still Everything, Everything

Based off the best selling novel by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything directed by Stella Meghie is a romantic drama featuring 17-year-old Madeline Whittier (Amandla Stenberg) and her grave condition of SCID's (severe combined immunodeficiency). But, stop right there. The movie isn't as gloomy as it may already seem. Madeline is anything but a downer and she doesn't feel sorry for herself. With the help of her nurse Carla (Ana de la Reguera), her mother (Anika Noni Rose), books, and the internet she has developed a wonderful and vibrant world for herself to live in. It is enough until a family moves in next door and Madeline developers a friendship with the boy next door, Olly.

As a result of the novel's fun and imaginative storytelling, I've finished the book counterpart not too long ago prior to watching this film. Luckily, the movie is cut from the same cloth. Madeline being an avid book reader herself, uses her imagination to create scenarios in which she tells Olly her deepest thoughts. Not only is this a great addition to the film adaptation, but a lot of these scenes are brilliantly arranged by the cinematographer together all to create wonderful dream-like sequences. These instances take the place of the book's many beautiful diagrams and drawings. Thankfully, it is a great replacement for the lack of animation or drawings that the book is known for. On another note, the mise en scène is amazing when used in conjunction with the wonderfully composed music by Ludwig Goransson.

The film shines when focused on Maddy and Olly's budding relationship. For the majority of the film, the two aren't able to be in the same place. Therefore, they text, instant message, write notes on the window, anything to get the other person's attention. To let the other person know they're thinking of them. I lost count of the amount of genuine and sweet moments between the two. It is a teenage love story in its entirety down to the close-ups used during its more intimate scenes.

Closing

Everything, Everything is a film about how two teenagers fell in love. While the book is more imaginative and free with its narrative, the movie homes in more on their romance. If you are a fan of the novel, then of course I will recommend you watch because it's a faithful adaptation with a bunch of new cinematic additions. But, of course if you haven't read the novel, your enjoyment will hang on your enjoyment of young adult films.

Everything, Everything is currently playing in theaters.

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