Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) – Film Review

Oh man, I can’t believe how emotional this film made me! Jeeze, I was actually an emotional wreck! I have to be honest though this film wasn’t one that I was dying to see, I only really watched it because I was home alone and a little bit bored… I didn’t really know what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it!

I don’t want to describe the plot too much because Amy did a beautiful job in her book review of this story, so if you want to see a more detailed description of the story I will leave the link here, trust me it’s a really good review! But briefly, this story is about an ordinary teenage boy, Greg, who only really has one friend, Earl. However, his mother forces him to hang out with this girl Rachel who has just been diagnosed with Leukemia and they form an unexpected friendship.

The whole film is narrated by Greg, with little annotations, which I assume were chapters in the book? Anyways, I really liked that idea and I felt, as an audience, very included in the story. From what I can gather from Amy’s fab book review the film is pretty true to the book. It was well made in terms it really felt like a real teenager’s point of view (speaking from experience here), although I do have one question… is American high school really like that? It looked like a jungle and much more intense than high school here in England, or was it seriously exaggerated?

From Amy’s description, the characters seem a little different than in the book. Greg seemed pretty similar, just less interested in girls ‘and stuff’ in the film. I did feel as though I could relate to Greg through his self-confidence, I liked that this film showed a guy struggling with confidence issues and not just girls, a breath of fresh air, I liked it. He was also superbly acted by Thomas Mann, actually, all the acting in this film was brilliant, there weren’t many faces that I recognized, except Connie Britton who played Greg’s mum. I loved the actors in the principal roles such as Olivia Cooke who played Rachel and RJ Cyler who played Earl. I actually really liked Earl, I think he must have been played in more of a favorable light than in the book, but I thought he was really honest and funny!

I really liked the humor in this film, although it is technically a ‘Cancer Story’, it really did make me giggle, although sometimes I wasn’t sure whether I should be laughing? Also, another thing I quite liked was that it felt like a (well made) home video, I think this was because Greg was constantly narrating, so it felt like one of his films, which was pretty cool. The only criticism I have, and it is pretty small, is that I didn’t feel as though the continuation was great, I mean it wasn’t bad, but at some points, I felt like I was missing something?

The best thing about this film though is the portrayal of cancer and its effects on the sufferer and the people around them who love them. It was realistic, emotional and very close to home. There was a quote in the film that really resonated with me, I can’t remember it exactly so I’m quoting this from Amy’s book review … you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn’t really hit you, and then when it does, that’s when you feel like shit.” I cannot describe how much I understand this, I have felt exactly the same, cancer affects so many people so I won’t be the only one who understands this. There aren’t many films that can touch me personally but this one certainly did.  

I really enjoyed this film, it was such an emotional roller-coaster, it’s a great book if you’re in the mood for a laugh or a good cry! I’m going to give this 4/5 stars, I really enjoyed it.

Love, Rosie (2014) – Film Review

I was really interested to watch the film after reading the book only a couple of weeks ago (you can have a look at the book review here if you like), and I would just like to thank my co-blogger for lending me the DVD (thanks bud!). This film was a really nice break from my revision as it was light-hearted, cute and also incredibly funny!

For those of you who don’t know, this film is about two best friends Rosie and Alex who grow up together, it is pretty obvious from the start that they love each other but they’re always being pulled apart for various different reasons.

I did have high expectations for this film after my extensive enjoyment of the book. I was also rather worried that they might ruin it in some way. Although the cast did comfort me somewhat, any film with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin in isn’t exactly going to be bad! The acting in this film was also really good, it must have been difficult to be able to represent an 18-year-old and a 40-year-old in the same film but they seemed to do it with ease! I was also kind of worried about Lily’s English accent…I have certainly heard worse… JUST KIDDING, to be honest,, it was actually very good, I’m sure having two English parents helps! The thing that I really loved about this film is that it was hilariously funny but still managed to be serious about sensitive subjects such as teenage pregnancy. This film really perked me up after a long day of school and two hours of revision on top so I can imagine it would also be perfect for those sofa days or sick days!

It is always inevitable that when they make books into movies that they’re going to change and cut a few things. There are so many beautiful parts to this story that I was really worried that they would change everything and it would no longer be the story that I fell in love with. BUT I was pleasantly surprised, although they did change a few things here and there, it was still the same story and to be honest it made much more sense on screen than if they just used the book word for word (there are some bits in the book that would make a film a little disjointed).

I really, really enjoyed this film! It really cheered me up and it was worth the (long) wait! I’m going to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, why not, it was a fun rom-com and a great story! Although this film is a 15 so please be aware that it does contain strong language and sexual references, so please bear this in mind before you watch this film.

Insurgent – Film Review

I loved the book and now once again I loved the film. Though it wasn’t perfect, i really enjoyed it and was on the edge of my seat for nearly the whole thing! I loved ‘Divergent’ and I have to admit I had high expectations for ‘Insurgent’

Insurgent follows ‘Divergent’ and is the second film in the series. Following the events of the previous film, a war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. While trying to save the people that she loves, Tris faces questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics, and love.

There is no doubt these films has an impressive cast. Once again Shailene and Theo portray Tris and Four in my opinion really well and it is clear that they have real chemistry together on and off screen! Shailene was perfect in showing the pain Tris was going through and thought she really shun in the ‘truth serum’ scene. Theo was once again gorgeous on screen and portrayed Four as still strong and mysterious. I have to give special mention to Miles Teller as Peter. His one-liners brought humour to the film and he is soon becoming one of my favourite characters. However I have to admit I was disappointed that some of the minor characters weren’t involved as much as they were in the book such as Marlene and Uriah – but you can’t have everything!!

Another big difference the film featured was ‘the box’ which I know has caused may disrupt for the fans but I thought It worked really well. I thought i made it clearer to the audience what the plot was as well as help driving it. Things that work in novel don’t always work in the film.

The only major negative I had was that I thought the film didn’t flow very well. i felt as if we were jumping from one scene to another very quickly as one moment we were at the Candor Headquarters and then back at Factionless. But I have to admit i thought both headquarters were pretty cool and represented there factions perfectly especially Amity which was my favourite scene of the whole film; the suspense and action was fab!!

If we are just being picky, I had mixed feeling for the ending as I thought it was good for ‘Insurgent’ but it got me thinking about how it would work for ‘Allegiant’ and I am interested to see how things work out in the next film.

Overall, I rate Insurgent 3.8/5 stars as it was actioned packed and a film I loved however i did have some flaws. In my opinion it wasn’t as good as ‘Divergent’ but it was an enjoyable film which I recommend you watch in 3D as it makes the simulations look really cool and make you feel like you are there with Tris, experiencing every moment!!

If you like what your reading I recommend you read the book series as it is amazing as well as checking out our reviews on ‘Divergent’ and ‘Insurgent

What did you think of the film? Let us know in the comments!!