Everything, Everything (2017)
Critic Consensus: Everything, Everything should tug young adult heartstrings fairly effectively, but may not be quite engrossing enough to woo less melodramatically inclined viewers.
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as Maddy Whittier
as Olly Bright
as Dr. Whittier
as Dr. Chase
as Kara Bright
as Mr. Waterman
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Critic Reviews for Everything, Everything
You'd have to be very young and naive not to see the twist coming, but perhaps that is the point.
Everything, Everything is not for everyone, but it will satisfy a certain subset of teenage girls who are compelled by watching fragile girls come-of-age with the help of a pretty boy.
Stenberg's relaxed charisma carries what is a rather preposterous premise... Aside from its leading lady, what "Everything, Everything" has going for it is its light, fantastical aesthetic and unexpected sense of buoyancy.
Stenberg and Robinson are enormously appealing young actors, but charisma only goes so far in a story that manages to be, as directed by Stella Meghie, sterile and wildly far-fetched.
Only partially succeeds in being the right romantic medicine.
Audience Reviews for Everything, Everything
Sick-lit has become a formidable genre of YA ever since the blockbuster success of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. It's spawned similar books, films, and television shows, and there's generally an element of romance attached. Some of these properties have been respectful of real diseases and disorders, but a lot have not been. I strongly feel that this may fall into the latter. I feel that books like this promote the idea that people with unique medical issues don't enjoy life as much, and their only option is either death or a flirtation with death. (This exact attitude made me throw my copy of Me Before You across the room). In the US every year, between 40-100 babies are diagnosed with SCID, which means that though this is a rare disorder, there are people out there living with it the best way they can, and they may not have the fancy equipment that our protagonist does. Using SCID for the purpose of melodrama is not only insensitive, but dangerous. Putting aside my general disgust (which is overwhelming) it's just not a good story. Comparing again to The Fault in Our Stars, I can say this was not as interesting or candid. While Stars is also a story about being young and sick, and living life to the fullest, it's also honest. Gus is a character with issues, and those issues lend to succumbing and dying of cancer. John Green does not mess around. Instead of truly showing the effects and issues with SCID, this film blatantly twists the truth. This film posits that happiness stems from heath, romantic love, and freedom, three things that people with SCID will never have. While I'm glad that this is an adaptation from a female penned book, directed by a woman of color, and starring a woman of color, I can't justify recommending this film. As much as I want to celebrate representation, I also don't want to promote exploitative melodrama. While I thought Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson did a lot with a little, and in the least they do try to explain SCID in an authentic way, it was not an enjoyable film. It was slow, overly ridiculous, and not really all that interesting. If you want something similar, again I tout Stars, as well as the Netflix film The Fundamentals of Caring, which centers on a paraplegic teenager who also wants to live life to the fullest. It doesn't pretend to understand human suffering, it's funny, and it has heart.
Nice movie. Didn't see that twist coming either.
Many Romance films struggle to know the balance between cheesy and believable. It really doesn't matter how you make yourself stand out in terms of creativity, because if you can't believe in the movie itself, then it fails as a whole. Everything, Everything is the type of movie that bugs me from start to finish, due to the fact that everything about it seems polished and dumbed down for a specific audience. Yes, there are some very creative aspects, which I will get into, but the movie itself suffers from being too unbelievable. Adapted from a novel in which I have not had the chance to read, this is strictly a review of the film itself. Here is why Everything, Everything probably doesn't deserve your time. Due to an illness, Maddy has spent her entire life inside her mother's home, never once seeing the outside world. As new neighbours move in next door, a boy her age grabs her attention. Figuring out ways to communicate with each other, this is easily where the most enjoyable aspect comes into play. I found myself intrigued throughout the various ways of storytelling that were presented throughout this movie, but the film itself falls apart by everything else around them feeling fake. What I mean by this, is the fact that every supporting cast member feels forced in order to give each of the leads a tragic backstory. Never once did I feel as though I was watching something realistic, which was clearly what they were going for. As this film approaches its second act, revealing new things about everyone, I found myself growing a very strong hatred toward the mother (as a character), mainly because she was rude, cruel, and her intentions were never truly clear until the final few moments of the film. At first, Everything, Everything makes you believe you're watching one kind of movie, only to take a sort of dark turn that comes out of left field. In an offbeat Romance like this, I don't want to find myself hating characters, because that will take away from the fact that you're supposed to be enjoying this relationship unfold on-screen. After my viewing, the biggest takeaway and positive that I can offer Everything, Everything is the pairing of Nick Robinson and Amanda Stenberg. Sure, their relationship follows the tropes that many films based on young adult novels do nowadays, but their chemistry was definitely present. As a whole I really don't like this movie, but I was enjoying myself when these two were on-screen together. If not for anything else, these two have a bright future ahead of them. Nick Robinson has already shown some of his stardom in films like Jurassic World and Amanda Stenberg had her big start in The Hunger Games, but neither of them really showcased their true talent until now, at least in my opinion. In the end, this is a film that probably has a far better novelization that what is presented on-screen as a final product, but Everything, Everything does absolutely everything to make you wish for some better substance. Never once did I buy the circumstances that she went through, due to the fact that this film has a sort of cruel conclusion in my opinion. I really didn't like my experience watching this movie, and quite honestly, only those who don't mind a little schmaltz will find a bit of enjoyment here. I can't get myself to recommend this movie to anyone, but it's not a complete disaster. The leads are well-cast and the storytelling elements are unique enough to keep you engaged, but the movie doesn't really do anything special to make you care. Everything, Everything is a waste of a premise.
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