Thursday, February 8, 2018
MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Everything, Everything (2017)
May 19, 2017
DVD Release Date:
August 15, 2017
1 hr 36 min
J. Mills Goodloe
Based on the book by:
Warner Bros. Pictures
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What if you couldn't touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face...or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curius and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won't let that stop them.
Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she ad Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together...even if it means losing everything.
If I could go anywhere, live anywhere, I think it would be in the mountains or a tranquil forest. Everything, Everything is a sweet and inspiring movie. Even if it’s not exactly my cup of tea, I wouldn’t turn down an invitation to see it with friends or a significant other. Like the trailer, the story follows Madeline Whittier, played by Amandla Stenberg, a girl trapped inside her house by an illness namely Severe combined immunodeficiency or SCID. She is sweet, soft-spoken, and curious. Although Madeline has never left her house she’s intelligent and ambitious; her personality blossoms when her new neighbor, Olly Bright, moves in next door. Their personalities complement each other with little conflict but both of them have something to offer their relationship.
So, what is a movie without conflict? The combination of the characters Madeline, Olly, and Pauline Whittier provide the stereotypical scenario where an overprotective parent tries to separate two love birds. Pauline is a loving mother, dedicated doctor, and one of three people that knows Madeline exists. But Madeline and Olly also bring their own demons into the story, Madeline is obvious because of her SCID and Olly is a bleak young man with a troubled family. Despite these flaws in their lives they are free-spirited and loving individuals. Their relationship starts slow and cautious, but they become open to each other as time passes. Overall, the characters aren’t fully developed within the movie and the audience can only infer or summarize their lives based upon the bits and pieces given. It didn’t immerse me in Madeline’s small world.
The trailer makes the plot simpler than it is and hides the twist in the end. As inspiring as risking everything, even your own life, for love sounds, it was too far-fetched. I’m not against the idea of people living their lives to the fullest, a message that Everything, Everything delivers to its audience, but Madeline could use a different stimulus to get her to go outside. The movie doesn’t have a definitive ending but tries to encourage others to take risks. I won’t say this movie was boring, but it could have more to stimulate more sympathy in its audience.