Editor’s note: I was not happy how this posted, so I have re-posted it.
What choices! Gut busting horror (Alien: Covenant per the Cincinnati Enquirer) or some Wimpy Kid. Should I stay home or see a movie that repeats itself? OK! OK! Everything, Everything, it is, somewhat by default.
Billed as an awkward, teen love movie, it turns out to be more. But first, having lost your husband and son, what lengths would you go to to protect your sick baby daughter? Would you keep her inside for her entire life to protect her from her immune deficient body? Could you afford it? Could you not afford it?
And what happens when that good-looking young man moves in next door and becomes interested in your cute daughter? How do you keep them apart, especially when you know there will be consequences? While this movie presents some interesting questions, you likely will be unhappy with the plot devices used to answer them.
This movie is saved by the two main characters who are quite likable. Amandla Steinberg (Rue in The Hunger Games) as the sick teen and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) must find love through windows, the phone and the internet. The overprotective mother, played by Anika Noni Rose (the voice of Tiana in the Princess and the Frog), as you might imagine, is not likable.
While the critics describe this as a movie for 14 year old girls, I found it to be a nice distraction given this season of action, aliens, violence, and more dead bodies than one can count. Judging from the crowd reaction, your wife and daughter will like it, too. I did not like the final plot twist. but given my former professions, I found it plausible. (Note: There are additional criticisms of the portrayal of this disease by the medical community.) The question for you is whether you will see this $10 million movie or wait to see next week’s big budget, wild and raunchy, Baywatch?