Everything, Everything is directed by Stella Meghle (Jean of the Joneses) and stars Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Ana de la Reguera & Taylor Hickson in a film
The film is based on a 2015 young-adult (YA) novel of the same name) that's focused on the love of one smart and inquisitive girl named Maddy (Stenberg), who, due to an immune-deficiency disease called SCID, cannot go outside the sterile rooms of her house.
One day she spots a new family moving in next door, who has a young man, their son, named Olly (Robinson), who catches her eye, via her encased bedroom protective window glass.
They make eye contact and seem to hit it off from there.
The rest of the film is how they engage in conversation via text and other forms of communication, developing a pure and sincere friendship that starts to evolve beyond more than just friends. Olly is a boy who truly finds a friend in Maddy.
All the while our new young friends must deal with the protective or defensive nature of Maddy's mom, who has been caring for Maddy for 15 years.
My niece wanted to watch the film so there I was, an unwilling movie-goer subjected to this YA film.
If you've never seen how someone with an immune deficiency lives, this is a bit of an eye-opener. I've seen other films on people with similar conditions and I'm not slighting this condition one bit, but on film, I've seen worse. Albeit, it doesn't matter how you have it, being sequestered away from what is considered a normal, everyday life is not an easy endeavor. That's what we're introduced to in this story.
As Maddy and Olly develop their friendship, Maddy is pushed beyond her resolve of what it is that keeps her safe from the world and takes risks to make contact with Olly. No, no texting, actual contact.
After acts one and two have come and gone, the events of act three can be real eye-openers, from her little journey to what is revealed to her in the middle of the final act.
The film addressed bravery, daring, resolve and an adventurous nature of one very imaginative young lady.
The ending events in the latter half of act three make your eyes pop open and your jaw drop and though this is not one of my usual action-oriented films, it was a refreshing paced film that did not require an ass-beating to resolve the story.
Was Everything, Everything fun? It depends. It was engaging, though at times confusing to try and determine which was her fantasy world and which was not.
IMDb users gave it a 6.4/10 while on Rotten Tomatoes it received a 46%.
If you want a quiet and engaging evening movie, Everything, Everything is it.
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