Usually I am not a fan of romantic movies. There are of course exceptions to this rule. But for the most part I find romantic movies bit boring because they all must end the same way. That being said Everything, Everything is definitely an exception to the rule. I was surprised at how much I liked this movie. I spent the whole movie either smiling or with tears in my eyes. Sometimes both. What made the movie so enjoyable was how fresh and genuine the relationship between Maddy (Amandla Stenburg) and Olly (Nick Robinson) The relationship felt very natural and sweet. It felt like it grew organically and really felt like it represented an actual relationship. It was the small things like Olly checking Maddy’s seatbelt for her first time in a car or him putting her bag in the overhead compartment. Small real things that mean you care for someone.
This movie didn’t have a very large cast but each member really added to the story. No one felt unnecessarily and you really could put yourself in any of the character’s shoes and understand their motives. As much as you can attempt to understand a person’s reasons it doesn’t mean you will. There was a twist involving Maddy’s mother Pauline played by Anika Noni Rose that really surprised me. Of course, if you had read the book you would know what this surprise was. I also didn’t know that this movie was a book first. I usually like to read the book first but it didn’t happen this time.
Overall this movie was about more than a girl willing to die for love. It was about a girl who wanted to live before she died who happened to fall in love along the way. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes a good romantic movie but also to people who usually don’t. I feel like this movie deserves a chance beyond the usual audience for romantic movies because the story is really sweet and heartfelt.