Everything, Everything Reviews
Sick, naive girl with over-protective, selfish mother keeps her trapped in the house for the first 18 years of her life, cute boy moves in next door, can't control themselves, she risks her life for this boy next door, they text and look at each other through their bedroom windows (which conveniently face each other), she gets a credit card and they run off to Hawaii together, they say "i love you", have a not-so-steamy, awkward-angled sex scene, she almost dies because she's sick and should be at home doing book reviews, HOLYSHIT she finds out she's not sick like her batshit crazy mother said she was (just an under-developed immune system), she leaves her mom, and cute neighbor boy and her run through the street together smiling.
That was such an awful run-on sentence, but this whole movie was an awful run-on sentence, written by a confused and bored middle-schooler girl.
Two stars for cinematography. But this movie totally lacked any depth or character. It was like watching a teenybopper TV show from the 1990s or something. The acting was poor and see-through, dialogue was superficial and disjointed, and it had no gravitas emotionally or otherwise. Furthermore, this "surprise" ending that everyone's talking about? Well I won't spoil it, but it was both sad and not believable at the same time. It seemed there were a few accidentally evil twists like this that were just carelessly thrown in there to try to give the movie some kind of substance. It just didn't work. The elevator music didn't help either. Again, two stars for cinematography. I would not recommend this movie to anyone except maybe an uncultured suburban family.
The plot follows Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) who suffers from SCID, an immune deficiency disease that she has to be quarantined inside her own home. Just to avoid catching any other bacteria, germs, diseases, viruses, etc. She is limited to who she interacts with and only her mother, and nurse Carla are allowed to enter the house that is secured through a sanitizing air lock. Then, here comes the new neighbor, which she gets attracted to a boy Olly (Nick Robinson). They see each other in their rooms through the windows and exchange phone numbers. They talk and build a relationship only involving communication looking through their windows and messengers. When Maddy gets her one request to have him come in the same room. Her curiosity on traveling and going to the beach convinces her that it is not living a life if your not taking risks.
It is a cute sweet romantic story that drives the idea of a person struggling with an illness. But at the same time, she is not letting the illness hold her back on being isolated from the world, people,etc. Maddy was struggling psychologically of isolation to everything when her only way of looking around the world is through a computer. Her only communication to others is through computer. Her living day by day with the same routine with mom checking on her health, playing the casual board games, and repeating the same thing over. Can be frustrating with the limitations.
The movie does try to make the audience smile and cheer without trying to make it emotional about effects of this illness. Maddy takes the risk and Olly takes her to Hawaii. The direction shows the beautiful landscapes of the beaches, the sunset behind these two characters. Plus the soundtrack also helped creating a romantic tone with these two young adults.
Like all romantic films, it does have some minimum clichés like Maddy being distant with Olly cause she is afraid she will be a burden. Sure, the audience can pick up that these characters attempting to break up with the other will eventually get back together. It can be predictable. If you read the books or not, sure there is a twist about a character. Which I did not see coming.
Overall, Everything, Everything is a fairly well romantic drama. It is a cute love story that will make you smile. It has a basic plot. Basic set up with Olly and Maddy. It did not have obnoxious sappy dialogue for a romantic movie. The setting of seeing these two at the beach was a beautiful set up. All while, it has its basic clichés and predictableness.
I rate the film 3.5 out of 5 stars.