Welcome to todays blog post – I hope you are having a busy and productive week! I am going to be reviewing the “Everything, Everything” movie, based on the book by Nicola Yoon which I reviewed earlier during 2017. If you’re interested in reading my review of the book then please click here.
If you’re happy to read about the film version – then carry on reading below!
Storyline of the film –
The protagonist of the story is 17 year old, Madeline Whittier who has a rare disease, called ‘SCID’ which prevents her from being able to leave her house, given the fact that exposure to any new types of bacteria in the outside world causes her to become exceedingly sick. Her whole life is books, her mum, her nurse (named Carla), her friend Rosa and her tiny toy astronaut. She sees no way of this ever changing, until that is, a new neighbour moves in next door. His name is Olly. Soon Madi begins to realise, that just because she’s living, doesn’t mean she’s alive. On from here we discover the joys of space, the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a fish (Yes, thats a real fish. Yes, I just googled it! ), Hawaii and New York.
My review of the movie –
So for the book, I gave this story 5 stars out of 5 (1 being bad – 5 being excellent). Let’s see how the movie compares.
As mentioned in the blog post I did before, the concept of this story is really excellent. I found it intriguing and it definitely is the type of genre I’d read again. However, as is common with book to movie adaptions, I found the movie lacking some pivotal moments from the book. So I rate the movie 4 out of 5 (1 being bad – 5 being excellent).
So, let me start by saying, I had high hopes for this movie and pre-ordered it wayyy back in September. I was started to wonder if it would ever be realised, but finally it was about a week ago! Upon seeing the film, elements of it I really loved.
For example, anyone who read the book knows that there is a lot of text dialogue between the characters. If it were to be of portrayed in the movie, the same way it was presented in the book, most of the movie the characters would’ve been on their phones! So the producer very cleverly made the conversations that were taking place on their phones, take place in this American restaurant, which metaphorical represented the space where Madeline ‘felt outside’ even though she was stuck indoors, just because she was talking to Olly. I thought this was a really cute and accurate depiction of what technology allows you to do and feel if you are ill or unable to leave your house. Technology is a lifeline.
Unfortunately, though I found the movie has an excellent beginning and an excellent ending, but it all went a little wrong in the middle. The pace at the beginning of the film is good and easy to keep up with, but by the middle its exceedingly quick and lacks intensity. For example (I don’t want to spoil anything) but when Madi meets ‘people’ (Ya’ll know who I am talking about!) the build up is frankly, disappointing. All of the thoughts and concerns that voiced in the book are completely ignored in that part of the movie and I just felt that it would be a welcome addition to have them back. Some of the scenes were even filmed and the cute, which again is disappointing. I strongly recommend heading to Youtube and watching the extended edition after you’ve seen the movie.
However, I bared with the high pace of the movie and I am happy I did, the ending was excellent and I am very happy I watched it. It was a very notable story, I just wish Madeline’s thoughts had been portrayed a little better and were more good and bad, rather then it mostly being about how good she felt.
Even baring all this in mind, I am still giving the movie a 4 out of 5 as I am aware I’m being a harsh critic 😂. (p.s. Companies, if you need an honest review – come to me!!!)
Would I recommend this film? Yes I would. It’s not the next Fault in our stars, but it a good, new classic. It has good quotes and it’s fun – so go watch it!
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