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The Fault in Our Everything?

The Fault in Our Everything? Before the movie and for the first two thirds of the movie I kept having to remind myself that this was a different movie than the Fault in Our Stars. Both stories telling the stories of sickly teens defying all odds as they pursue their love, except now with SCID instead of cancer and Hawaii instead of Amsterdam. I want to say this is largely due to how similar Everything, Everything’s Olly looked to The Fault in Our Star’s Augustus, but that’s beside the point. Both movies played off the use of technology as a part of their cinematography, making the plot line and the visual aspects very reminiscent of the Fault in Our Stars.

Everything, Everything spent a large portion of the movie paralleling The Fault in Our Stars until the moment that it didn’t. Spoiler alert, at the end of the movie the protagonist Maddy finds out that her mother had been lying to her and she didn’t in fact have SCID and instead had been living in isolation for 18 years for really no good reason. However, we find this out after we watch Maddy risk her life to be with Olly. She believes she has SCID yet she still chooses to take the risks that were associated with dropping everything and flying to Hawaii. Now I am not trying to say Maddy deserved to die, but the plot twist had viewers frustrated with Maddy’s mother more so than they were even happy about Maddy and Olly finally getting to be together.

Aside from a somewhat overdone and frustrating plot line there were a lot of great aspects to this movie. The cinematography was beautifully done and it truly allowed you to feel trapped inside the house with Maddy. So in turn, the first moment she kisses Olly and runs outside were truly rewarding for the viewer. Alongside the cinematography the movie had a great soundtrack. Instead of dramatically forcing the viewers into a mood, the music provided a pleasant background for the movie.

Both Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson as Maddy and Olly were very genuine and relatable as their characters. Throughout the movie, their authentic love story made the viewers pushing for them to be together for the entire movie.

Everything, Everything told a story similar to the one many knew to grow and love just a couple years ago – The Fault in Our Stars. Despite it’ similar and slightly unsettling plot line, Everything, Everything was a beautiful and engaging piece worth your time.