Last night I was kind of bored after many hours of work. I decided to spend as many hours as possible to find a inspiring movie, too. I’m always in the mood for drama, because I use to cry a lot watching romantic, dramatic movies. My last night choice was “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl”. The name says it all. It’s about a girl who has leukemia. This movie centers around Greg (Thomas Mann), not the dying girl, as you may think. He is a very sarcastic and self-loathing high-school student; not having any friends, he’s trying to be in good terms with everyone in school.
When his mother obliged him to spend some time with the sick girl, Rachel(Olivia Cooke), Greg begins a blossoming friendship with her.
“So if this was a touching romantic story this is probably where a new feeling would wash over me and suddenly we would be furiously making out with the fire of a thousand suns. But this isn’t a touching romantic story.“
So this is going to become a special friendship, they had the best of times and the worst of times. So Greg and Earl (they spend most of the time making parodies of classic movies) and the dying girl start a whole new story. It’s a very touching, yet a depressing film.
“Can I put some flowers on you?“
It makes you believe that Rachel will eventually survive, the narrator repeats that, but the crowds go wild when this turns up to be a lie. The end is outstanding; Rachel’s death is horrifyingly beautiful and the way Greg reaches maturity is simply sweet.
“Dear Pittsburgh State Admissions, I’m writing on behalf of someone who gave me half a year of his life at the time when I was at my most difficult to be around. He has a very low opinion of himself, which is why I think it’s necessary that you hear from someone who sees him as he actually is: A limitlessly kind, sweet, giving, and genuine person. No matter how much he would deny it. The drop in his academic performance this year is the consequence of all the time he spent with me and the time he spent making things for me and how hard that was for him. You can ask him about it, but his sort of over the top humility will probably get in the way. No one has done more to make me smile than he has. And no one ever could.” (Rachel’s letter to Pittsburgh State Admissions)
It’s always beautiful to watch and the script is just clever. You’ll find everything you’ll want. A weird dad, fight, drugs, the beautiful girl, madness, nice soundtracks… Directed by Alfonson Gomez-Rejon and based on Jesse Andrews‘ 2012 debut novel of the same name, the movie was nominated for American Cinema Editors, Bali International Film Festival, Black Reel Awards and many others.
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