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Friday, September 11, 2015

Me And Earl and the Dying Girl: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), is a high-school senior who usually spends time making short films with his best friend and 'co-worker' Earl (RJ Cyler). He unexpectedly finds himself forced by his mom to hangout with his classmate Rachel, (Olivia Cooke) who is diagnosed with cancer. Their awkwardly friendship begins with Greg trying to figure out how to handle the condition of his new-found friend.

Me And Earl and the Dying Girl is a Sundance 2015 Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner which have a resemblance with John Green's The Fault in Our Stars minus the romantic formula. The film revolves around the friendship between three people and how can they cope the fact that Rachel is battling cancer.

It is a sensitive topic to discuss but Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon carefully stitches the pain with stimulating humor to make the entire film light and compelling. However, is it just me who didn't feel anything with the emotional scenes as it didn't seem to connect especially on the essential parts. It simply lack depth in handling the complicated material.

Still, there are a lot more to admire in this movie, as well as the actors who provided the color and wit to their characters. Thomas Mann is impressive as Greg as he manages to be natural and fill his role with corresponding charm. Olivia Cooke was great as well, fulfilling the duties as the sick dying girl and yes, R.J. Cyler was pretty awesome too. 

Overall, Me And Earl and the Dying Girl is a likable feature thanks to its inspiring story and interesting characters. It just failed to give the needed depth, especially on the emotional department where we expected to hit us while watching it.  

Lakwastera Lovers rates it 6 out of 10 stars 

Cast:  Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, R.J. Cyler

Directed by:  Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens September 16 in cinemas nationwide


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