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I, being in college for most of my young adulthood, have barely enough time to go to movie theaters and watch current movies. But I just so happened to be able to watch Everything, Everything because a beloved friend bought the movie. She loved it so much it was hard for me to pry the movie from her hands so that I could finally see what the fuss was about. I can rightly say that I was pleasantly surprised and an emotional wreck while watching this at 3 AM because someone would not call and I was having a major insomnia moment.
Everything, Everything came out in May of 2017. Directed by Stella Meghie, starring Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, and Anika Noni Rose. If you look up the movie and book, you will get the basic description: "A teenager who's spent her whole life confined to her home falls for the boy next door" (IMDb). But this is not that. This movie is an emotion-provoking mess, but a good mess. The viewer connects with both characters—it may not be personally, but emotionally.
Spoiler Alert: Madeline is not sick but her mother has believed that she has been sick since infancy. Her mother's belief has ventured onto Madeline until she disobeys her mother and goes on a trip. Now, if you are like me then you would have been saying, "but how do you know if you are really sick?" I am one to question everything, and she soon starts to question her mother finally. She finds out that she is not sick but has a low immune system, resembling a baby.
So... let's start with the obvious. Maddie is an amazing character and Amandla played her extraordinarily well. I have yet to read the book, because 1) I am a reader that involuntarily gets emotionally invested in the characters of a novel or short story, 2) I know I will be an emotional wreck because books that get turned into movies seem to be better in written form and 3) I have not bought it just yet. I really hope that she represented her correctly. Maddie, a girl that has not left her home since she was an infant, soon finds out that she does not really have SCID. She has an overprotective mother that has lied to her her entire life. She sees a family moving in next door and becomes curious in the boy. So, in a nutshell, this is a girl-next-door, boy-next-door love story.
Olly, played by Nick, is a complicated but sweet boy. I personally liked him from the start. I mean, he was sweet enough to print off or cut out pictures of the ocean so that she can finally see what it looks like. Who would not fall for a guy that took the time to tape them to your window? My heart went out to him. Even with the problems at home, Olly made Maddie seem like she was special. So, for those of you who have a problem with Nick's portrayal, you can suck it. I think he did an amazing job—they both did by expressing just how awkward meeting someone you have not met in person really feels like.
I know exactly how that feels. I have been talking to this guy, but both of our schedules are jacked, so we either Skype or talk and text, but have not met in person yet. I kinda hope it is a little bit like this, because I thought their meeting was just the cutest thing. I am telling all girls that it is definitely worth the emotional roller coaster you go through while viewing Everything, Everything. I definitely recommend watching this lovely movie. I would go so far as to say that you can force your boyfriend to watch it as well. He might cry, but who doesn't feel a better connection when you cry together?