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EVERYTHING EVERYTHING (2017): The Thing I Liked…

Everything, Everything (2017), Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
Everything, Everything (2017), Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson

Based on the book by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything is directed by Stella Meghie and it’s the classic story of a girl (Maddy) who falls in love with the boy next door. The most interesting part of the story for me is the fact that Maddy has been confined to her home since infancy due to illness.

The two main characters in this movie are teenagers played by Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. It’s therefore clear that teenagers are the target demographic; not that that stopped me from being most curious about the story of Maddy’s mother – an area we don’t really get to know too much about. I think that as a non-teenager myself, I’ve in the most part exhausted my interest in most largely-teenage movies. Except maybe in instances where a story is really, truly compelling and well cast.

As far as teenage romances go, I’m quite sure that teenage me would have really enjoyed this movie. Non-teenage me found it OK. Non-teenage me is also very glad that she hadn’t read the book prior to watching this movie. Otherwise there’s a chance that I personally would have found much less to look forward to towards the end.

The thing that stood out most for me about Everything, Everything is that its main stars Stenberg and Robinson are promising young actors. I now find myself looking forward to watching Stenberg in writer / director Ama Asante’s upcoming drama / romance about a bi-racial teenager struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Yes, yes, I know that it’s yet another teen-centric movie, but it’s Ama Asante. She wrote and directed Belle (2014), don’t you know?

Happy Film Loving

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EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING (2017); New Trailer Starring Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose…

Everything, Everything (2017), Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
Everything, Everything (2017), Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson

Todays trailer is a perfect one for Valentines Day, especially if you’re a teenager. At first  I thought this was the Amandla Stenberg film that she’s making with Amma Asante – director of Belle (2014) but instead and not in a bad way… Everything, Everything is the story of a teenage girl who falls for the boy next door. Except, as is the case for many a love story, there’s a major obstacle in the way and that’s the fact that she can’t go outside and never has because she’s allergic to everything…

It feels mighty cruel to release the trailer for a potentially good romantic film on Valentines Day instead of the actual film itself. FYI, that wonderful song at the end is Naughty Boy – Runnin’ (Lose It All) ft. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin.

Everything, Everything Release Dates: May 19th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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ROOTS (2016): New Trailer Starring Malachi Kirby, Forrest Whitaker and Anna Paquin

Roots (2016), Malachi Kirby
Roots (2016), Malachi Kirby

Today’s movie comes in the shape of a TV mini-series. I don’t ordinarily feature mini-series on here but this trailer…!

British actor Malachi Kirby, Matthew Goode, Forrest Whitaker and Anna Paquin are the stars of Roots – to name just a few. Based on the book by Alex Haley, Roots presents a portrait of American slavery, following the journey of one family, their will to survive and transcend their circumstances.

As many will be aware, this is not the first dramatisation of Alex Haley’s best selling book. The previous version starred LeVar Burton and was released in 1977 to great critical acclaim. I’ll be watching because this trailer looks great and Roots is based on Haley’s own family history.

Other cast members include Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Anika Noni Rose and Tip “T.I.” Harris.

Roots (2016), Anna Paquin
Roots (2016), Anna Paquin

Roots (2016) Release Date(s): May 30th, 2016 (US), simulcast on A&E Studios and Lifetime, in addition to the HISTORY channel.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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