If you are looking for an immense and exciting love story then Everything, everything is for you!
This charming, beautifully directed masterpiece won the hearts of young lovers. The film is such a change from seeing the usual dystopian fiction that Hollywood always produces. Best known as Rue from The Hunger Games – Stenberg – better known as Maddy in the film, yet again shows a perfect character. Like in the book the main character has a life full of imagination and an immensely bright mind. It’s a story of risk everything or lose everything all at once!
‘A love like no other’
Nicola Yoon’s novel – Everything, everything turned the heads of many young adults when they found out the story of love and loss. Maddy has an internal illness called SCID: Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. Which is an allergy that makes her ‘allergic to the world’. Until Olly, a boy with floppy brown hair and lovely personality moves in next door. Maddy’s life is changed forever. She risk’s her life to know the new boy next door. But will Maddy survive?
Not only does the story show young adults the chance of romance is just around the corner. But the film also shows that life is all about the living. Also, how a close net relationship between a mother and her daughter creates the feeling of protection to keep her away from the outer world where Maddy could die. The only difference I would make from the beautifully crafted movie – would be to see more of a back story from Olly. Who is living in a household where his father is an alcoholic and abusive. The story is one of love, loss and risk and takes the young adult audience away from their reality and allows them to dream of a life with romance. This is a grand escape.
“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”
― Nicola Yoon
The film is engaging and during the first hour we are thrown through different shots and imaginary moments. This is where Maddy makes up her life. Maddy imagines she is another character (an astronaut) encased in a suit to survive the environment she lives in.
One of my favourite parts of the film were the changes. So that the audience weren’t bored of the texting between the two main characters – Director ‘Stella Meghie’ creates the idea that makes out like Maddy and Olly are together in one room. Even though they really aren’t. The character’s create fantasies of chatting to each other in the outside world. It works beautifully because the imaginations are the places that Maddy creates vividly through the study of architect (working emotionally and effectively for the audience).
“I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.”
― Nicola Yoon
Music that has been played many times on the radio is weaved throughout to match the target audience and brings in an existing audience.
Meghie tops it all off with stunning close-ups and camera work that dips in and out of reality and imagination. It shows that even though the young adult is growing up she still is very much a young vulnerable child. The colour palette (blues, yellows – things associated with the good part of the world such as the sun and the beach in Hawaii) again reflects the narrative is taking place outside even though technically it isn’t. You can’t look away without missing an ounce of enjoyment. A combination of all these small mini features create a life changing, live for the present adventure that will have you on the edge of the seat for the whole film. This is definitely one you NEED to watch at the cinema to get the full effect, especially because its pretty much a more up to date version of The Fault in Our Stars (who doesn’t love that film?)
I completely recommend The Light cinema in Bolton who offered the best comfy seats and amazing popcorn! Hope you enjoy the film!