I didn’t think that I’d write a full review for the movie but I have some feels and I have to express them. So the Everything, Everything movie came out sometime last year and I was super excited for it. Of course, I also totally forgot about it when it came out in cinemas.
However, last week Netflix sent me the best email: Everything, Everything was now available on Netflix. I may have had a fangirl moment in the middle of my math lecture, I won’t deny. I had high expectations for the movie because the book was so damn good. The feels, the romance, the eventual tears, all of in in Everything, Everything the book. But the movie? Let’s just say it targets its audience very specifically.
I’ll start with what I did like about the movie. The lead actors were likeable and charming. They played Maddy and Olly’s quirkiness really well, which made watching the movie a tiny bit better. The whole film basically hinges on these two. There’s not a lot of characters in the plot and even most of the side characters aren’t really there a lot. So acting wise the movie is pretty good. All the emotions are there and you really feel for the characters.
There’s these scenes where they’re texting and it suddenly just cuts to these crazy dream like locations with Madeline’s astronaut close by. I really loved these scenes. They were sort of out there but it showed the barrier between them two. It’s actually really funny because they say things like “type faster!” out loud. It’s weird but it emphasized the normal teenage experiences Maddy missed out on. I was wondering how they’d translate all the multimedia stuff from the book over to the movie. They really captured the essence of all of that though.
Can I also just mention how refreshing it is to watch a movie not about race but filled with race? The cast is very diverse but the plot isn’t about race. It’s a love story at its core and the movie gives us that. Personally, I love these kind of movies which just show everyday people having their own stories. I hope that the To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved movie is something similar to this. Fingers crossed!
Ok, well now onto the bad bits. It’s so freaking cheesy. I honestly watched most of the movie in a cringe state. It feels like it’s trying to be Fault in Our Stars with the sick lit theme but doesn’t quite hit the bawl-my-eyes-out mood TFIOS had. Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with the way the actors portrayed Maddy and Olly but I do think that the characters themselves were boring. They weren’t really fleshed out. Like seriously, 20 minutes into the film and they’re like best buddies already. It doesn’t feel right. Same goes for the romance.
Oh the romance. How can I even explain it? The two leads had chemistry but somehow it just didn’t translate into a good romance. There’s just a constant weary tone throughout the movie that sucks the life out of everything … everything hehe yes I just reused my own joke from the previous post. It just reduces the romance to a whirlwind teenage attraction rather than anything solid. I know that Everything, Everything is Maddy’s story of growing up but if they couldn’t even do that properly, they should’ve at least gotten the romance on point.
To finish off, I have to address the very obvious target audience. Yes, the movie is for teen girls. What gave it away? Well, let’s play the “Is it Taylor Swift music video or Everything, Everything?” game.
Yep. Honestly sums up my feelings about the movie.