Everything, Everything became one of my favorite YA novels before I was even halfway through it. There’s a beauty to Nicola Yoon’s storytelling that just defies description.
I also love a good romance novel, and there has been a trend of fantastic ones in the young adult genre in recent years.
All that being said, I had the privilege of attending an advanced screening of Everything, Everything and it was, well, everything. (Sorry.)
I knew this movie was going to be something special as soon as they announced the casting–Amandla Stenberg (shoutout to the casting of a beautiful, and talented black actress!) and Nick Robinson already looked the part.
They also play the parts of Maddy and Olly as the characters were meant to be, in my opinion, and it’s a joy to watch.
As with most film adaptations, there were slight changes here and there, but certainly nothing that bothered me.
Amandla and Nick very accurately portray the extreme awkwardness of being two teenagers who have no idea how to handle the intense feelings that they have for one another, and it’s sweeter than ever onscreen.
There is something so pure and innocent about their interactions with one another that I really, really appreciate. I imagine that isn’t easy to capture through acting, but they nailed it.
Warning: slight spoilers ahead.
My personal favorite scenes in the movie are when Maddy and Olly run off on their island adventure, taking their somewhat forbidden romance to an entirely new level.
The cinematography is beautiful–the colors are vibrant and it just feels so warm. Just like in the book, that’s when I first felt the deepest connection to both of these characters. Their love really grows as Olly shows Maddy the world in a way she’s been deprived of for so long.
Of course, there’s a deeper underlying story here–the truth about Maddy’s illness is a major plot point. It has always taken a backseat in my mind to the love story, but that love story can’t exist without it. Maddy experiences life in a way that the majority of the world doesn’t, so when she finally has an experience that most people do, it’s amplified.
To make things even better, the soundtrack is phenomenal. It’s diverse and beautiful, featuring music from Zedd, Kehlani, and Khalid, to name a few.