Monday, June 29, 2015
Me and Earl and The Dying Girl Review: A Creative Classic!
Where do I start with this? Well it all started months ago when I was doing my movie checking assignments. As I listed the trailers for the one of the film I was assigned to, I stumbled across a preview for a new independent film called Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Based on the novel by Jesse Andrews, this interpretation is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The movie has certainly garnered some success as it was one various awards and even received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival. Naturally this made me curious to check out this new dramedy; and thankfully before doing my assignments this past weekend, I was able to check out the new independent film. Yet could this indie film sway the thoughts of this Film Adventurer?
The plot of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl centers on a high schooler named Greg Gaines(Thomas Mann). One day, Greg's mother (Connie Britton) tells Greg to spend some time with Rachel Kushner (Olivia Cooke): a high school girl who had just been diagnosed with leukemia. After getting acquainted. Greg and Rachel become close friends. As the two explore their "doomed" friendship, Greg and his best friend Earl (Ronald Cyler II) find themselves making a video for Rachel. Unfortunately for the two, the video does not seem to be working; and to make matter worse for: things are not going to well for Rachel.
To say I was blown away by Me and Earl and the Dying Girl may be an understatement. The movie had its share of familiar elements, but it was how the films handled these traits that made all the difference. With its sense of creativity, this dramedy stood out from the rest in its genre. This film had moments that made me laugh, made me cry and made me think. To put it simply: this film had everything that I love about going to the movies; and for that I take my hat off to Me and Earl and The Dying Girl.