18-year-old Maddy hasn’t left her house in 17 years if she did she would probably die. Maddy is allergic to everything, and because of that, her life is always the same. School, books and spending time with her nurse and mum. But everything changes when Olly moves next door.
Book Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Movie Rating: 2.5/5 stars
The Everything Everything book by Nicola Yoon is easily described as a cute contemporary. As contemporaries goes it was a little cliché, but also heartwarming and addicting. We got a good insight into Maddy’s life and relationships and also rode along with her on the crazy journey of that all changing. Sadly, the movie accomplished very little of that.
One of my biggest problem with the movie was Maddy’s relationships. There seemed to be no true connections with her and any of the characters. I didn’t feel anything between her and her nurse, Olly and, her mum (which is a very important part of the book). In fact, I didn’t really feel much at all throughout the movie. Now don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the acting, it was great, but the story itself failed to convey any emotions when compared the strong feelings in the book.
They did follow the book extremely well though. There were hardly any changes from the book plot line which was nice. But, the way it was done was unfortunate. The movie didn’t flow at all, in fact, it was very choppy. We were jumping from one scene to the next in an awkward way that didn’t feel natural. I did enjoy how they represented the text message’s that Maddy and Olly sent to each other. It was an interesting way that added uniqueness and imagery to the texts instead of just a boring text scene.
The Everything Everything movie had all the elements to create a good book to movie adaptation. While the book isn’t my favourite in the world it definitely holds up higher than the movie for me. While the movie isn’t terrible, it is just lacking that spark and emotion to make it great.
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