By KATHERINE NGUYEN
Now that it’s May, summer romance movies are at a high and we’re all here to welcome and enjoy them! Everything, Everything is a romantic drama film that was released on May 19, 2017. All about love, separation, and romantic escapades, the movie features two rising stars, Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, playing Maddy Whittier and Olly Bright respectively. Stenberg, 19, is known for playing Rue in The Hunger Games and being a feminist activist, and Robinson, 22, is known for his role as Ryder Scanlon on the sitcom Melissa & Joey.
Everything, Everything follows eighteen-year-old Maddy, who seems to be victim to a disease that denies her from the outside world. She’s kept indoors at all time, unallowed to interact with any humans other than her mother Pauline, played by Anika Noni Rose, and her nurse, who is portrayed by Ana de la Reguera. Life turns upside-down and inside-out when Olly and his family move in. Everything you think is going to happen, happens – they have opposing rooms in their respective houses that face each other. Through text messages, they get to further know each other’s characters and personalities, and eventually unite in the “real world” when Carla allows Olly to visit the house.
This film is stereotypical in its plot, but its twist ending was not something I expected. And apparently I’m not allowed to spoil it for you guys, so I won’t tell you what happens! Just trust me when I tell you that the shock and surprise will have you on the actual floor.
As is, I believe the plot on its own was not enough to suffice. What truly stood out to me (other than that ending, man!) was the chemistry between the two main characters that were brought on by Stenberg and Robinson. Their passion and crisis could be felt through the movie screen; what I couldn’t feel through the words, I felt through the acting.
The movie can be seen as successful through box office numbers, but not so much by critical review. Everything, Everything grossed $14.5 million on a $10 million budget, but that may definitely be due to all the advertising and hype surrounding the movie. For months prior to the release, you could see ads for the movie on Facebook, TV, Instagram, etc., and hear them on Spotify and the radio. The marketing done for the film was definitely a large contribution to the success of it — I’ve personally never seen so many ads for one movie!
However, it was given a 48% by Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus reading, “Everything, Everything should tug young adult heartstrings fairly effectively, but may not be quite engrossing to woo less melodramatically inclined viewers.”
And it did manage to tug at those young adult heartstrings! “I did definitely cry,” Megan Lee (Sr.) said. “It wasn’t the best filmed or the most spectacular movie I’ve seen, but I did feel something.”