Dear mom, I know staying in this house keeps me alive, but this isn't living. I want to experience everything... everything! -Madeline Whittier, Everything, Everything
I really should get out more to see more romantic"-ish" movies. I see those about as often as Maddie steps outside her house; which is never. And we both were missing out.
Everything, Everything is based on the book, by Nicola Yoon. It tells the story of Maddy Whittier(Amandla Stenberg) who has a rare disease, SCID(severe combined immunodeficiency), that keeps her body from fighting off the simplest of viruses and bacteria. So she must stay indoors 24/7 and has done so for the last 17 years. One day she sees Olly Bright(Nick Robinson), her new neighbor. Olly awakens a sense of freedom and lust for adventure in Maddy that she had never had before. As they fall in love, Maddy is willing to risk it all to stand in the sun on the other side of the glass with Olly.
Everything, Everything is all you could ask for from a movie about a girl who never went outside. It may not be the best movie ever, but has a definite charm to it that allows you to get caught up in its creativity.
The perfect balance between dramatic and childish. The use of animations and the occasional childlike score helped lighten the movie. It made it the movie enjoyable to watch, without having the watcher become depressed, sad, emotional, or having to believe something far too unrealistic.The movie felt very real and authentic as if it was derived straight from the consciousness of a teenage girl. It was realistic up until she jumps into deep waters and doesn't drown when she had never learned how to swim. That was a bit ridiculous.
Anyhow, Amandla Stenberg did a great job as Maddie. I enjoyed her small movements; with the occasional bent posture, the ever-moving eyes, and unconscious pin curl of her lips. She was believable. She brought life and quirkiness to this character.
However, my favorite "person" was the astronaut. It keeps watchers and Maddie as a character grounded/connected to something. It offered nothing to story but something relatable. Not to mention, the astronaut could be funny from time to time with humorous actions and quick lines.
The soundtrack was so fitting as well. It was like finding that banging playlist on Spotify that makes you want to sing along or bop your head with every song.
Everything, Everything, also contains some of the most nauseating lines. I even said aloud in the theater, “I’m nauseous.” Sometimes the writing could drift into cheesy, cliche, highly unrealistic, unrelatable for a teenage love story.
I fully admit this may be overcritical, but the fact no one changed their outside clothes when coming in the house into an entirely sterile outfit before coming in contact with Maddie, didn’t make sense. The nurse changed her shoes, but nothing else. The mother just washed her hands, and that was it. I would think someone in the house would have enough sense to piece that little part together and make sense of the whole situation.
On a more serious note, some serious consulting needs to go on in the family. Honestly, near the end, I thought it was about to a take crazy twist. Thankfully it didn’t, but I see some,mother-daughter therapy in their future. But, this could've turned into a thriller real quick.
Also, I don't know how they would have done it, but it would've been nice if it also didn't fall into the whole "pasty white boy saves distressed girl," trope thing.
I think what people must remember, most of all, when watching this movie is that it’s based off a YA novel. So how much can you expect from it?
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
I would risk my life running out my door to see this movie. It's too cute. Too cheesy. Too innocent.