Review: Amandla Stenberg Shines In Everything, Everything

Rarely do I have time to see romantic dramas and comedies among the other genres I prefer to watch let alone ones that involve young adult and teenage stars or geared towards that demographic. I think The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Me Before You were the last sort of young adult drama I watched. Which I thought were alright movies. Mainly because of the cast. Movies like The Fault in our Stars, PaperTown, That Spectacular Now, The Longest Ride,Etc. are ones that I didn’t get to see yet. Now you have another young adult teen drama usually adapted from a best seller novel is Everything, Everything. 

This film is based on a young adult novel from author Nicola Yoon. It’s a story of a young girl who is on the edge of becoming 18 who up till now has been living and confined in her home her entire life. She suffers a rare disease that causes her to get sick very easily so she never goes outside. She then finds reason to want more than just her view outside her window when a new boy moves in next door and the two form a bond that awakens something in her to want something beyond the walls of her home.


I decided to go to this movie for the cast. If you don’t recognize the leading lady, that is Amandla Stenberg who is famous for her standout and scene stealing role as Rue in The Hunger Games. She plays Madeline Whittier daughter of Dr. Pauline Whittier played by Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The Princess and the Frog). I really like both actress and just their performances alone was worth the watch. They both shined separately and also as a mother daughter pair. The two have lots of screen time together and you get a sense of a loving relationship between the two even though the movie is not solely focused on them.


The movie however is focused on the adorable, romantic, and charming relationship that blossoms between Madeline “Maddy” and Olly, who is played by Nick Robinson. You may remember him as the annoying older brother with no game when it comes to women in Jurassic World. Well in this movie, he is nothing but full of top-notch swag as he woos the girl next door. The way he attempts to get to know Maddy is very sweet, you just can’t help but smile at some of the moves and gestures he performs to get her attention. Definitely a ladies man in this film. With the help of technology the two manage to form a bond without even physically meeting each other that would make you go “Awwwwwww”.

In a very creative way, they give you the illusion and visuals to show that even though they are distant from each other, they get to know each other as if they were sitting right across the room from one another. Whether it was through visual text messages and emails to the imagination of Maddy the dreamer who has no choice but to come up with how the world looks in her mind provided something to watch throughout the whole film.


The film also provided some comedy as you awkwardly watch these two nervously do their best not to say or do something embarrassing in front of the other. Their bond is quick and instant which makes it feel like they were meant from each other from the start. So you wonder, where is the conflict? Of course, aside from the struggle of not being able to be in the same room with each other, Olly has a bit of drama of his own to deal with and because of that just brings both of them closer as they provide support to each other.

Bottom line, I fell for it. I liked the movie. Clearly, if you like sappy, cliché’, and formulaic romances, this movie will provide a lot of it which isn’t my bag but this movie made me smile the whole time. I couldn’t help it and don’t regret it. It’s not the perfect love story or movie I have watched but it’s not a boring one either. It’s a fun movie to watch. The recommendation does fall for the younger crowd. I believe this movie provided a lot of relatability with the stars, the thoughts that run through your head when you are crushing over someone, the relevant and amazing soundtrack from artist like Zedd & Alessia Cara, Kehlani, and even Amandla Stenberg herself. I now want to see more of Stenberg and will be looking through her other work to check her out. I hope I see her more in the future. If after watching the trailer if you have any interest at all in the plot and watching this movie, chances are you will walk out loving the relationship that forms and the movie overall.

4 out of 5


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