Everything, Everything, lacked that something that made it everything you could ask for in a romantic drama. Possibly what seems a brutal summary but honest.
18 year old Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency, also known as SCID. The disorder results in critical abnormalities to an individual’s immune system meaning an increased risk of infection. An infection would consequently be a potentially life threatening situation. As a result, Maddy’s mother, Pauline (Anika Noni Rose) refuses to allow Maddy outside of her carefully designed home. A place in which air is constantly filtered and everything is sanitised to protect Maddy at all costs.
A cost that signifies for all her 18 years Maddy has been trapped in her home. Bored of the usual time spent reading, writing and talking with fellow SCID sufferers online Maddy’s attention is drawn to the arrival of her exciting new neighbour Olly (Nick Robinson). Olly and Maddy converse from behind their bedroom windows and text sparking the beginning of a complicated friendship. Both long to spend physical time with one another but are restricted due to Maddy’s condition and the strict protection Maddy’s mother enforces to keep her daughter safe from harm.
Their blossoming friendship results in the pair deceiving Pauline, and Olly visits Maddy in her home. An act which propels the film to where I cannot say in fear of spoiling too much. Cue joy, excitement and a downfall, which spirals into deceit and un-forgiveness but most importantly a future…
Overall I thought the film was good. I was heavily intrigued by the title and the trailer. The storyline was interesting and I wasn’t opposed to the actors with great force. However, I feel there could have been that something more. As though it lacked that spark or oomph that embeds the film into your memory for a long time to come as a great movie you would watch over and over.
I admit I didn’t have the chance to read the book before watching the film but my experience didn’t match up to, in my opinion, the standards set by (teen) romantic dramas such as The Fault in Our Stars and Me Before You. All three tackle challenging conditions but Everything, Everything, to me, just didn’t leave a remarkable impression. Scenes of intensity could have been emphasised more greatly and the twist became an anti climax which made me and friends question the believability of what happened.
In conclusion, I am not compelled to watch this movie again and suggest it might be a film for very young teenagers to enjoy.
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