Me And Earl And The Dying Girl - Review

Publish Date
Saturday, 5 September 2015, 3:41PM
Amongst the raging over flowing river of blockbusters being released, peeps a lone sundance relative testing the waters, and challenging itself to go against the current in what can only be seen as an uphill battle, among sappy over romanticised teen drama’s and ugly soundtracks from the latest Grandma’s basement musicians. Amongst this it is so refreshing to see a film with such life wedging itself into the mainstream. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s ‘Me and Earl and the Dying girl’ is quite possible the revivifying film released of 2015. The Sundance spectacular has received standing ovations and chimerical reviews abroad and beyond, winning both the 2015 ‘Audience Award’ and ‘Grand Jury’ prizes at the festival that has come and gone.

The film itself provides a prodigious cast that really creates a sense of being and feeling within a film that has been severely overlooked in mainstream cinema. New entrant Olivia Cooke is taking the silver screen by storm as her cute and charming persona captivates even the coldest of hearts. The film draws a lot of familiar small screen faces from well known franchises into one place with the likes of Connie Britton (Tami Tayor - FNL), Nick Offerman (Parks and Rec), Molly Shannon (SNL) and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) that superbly deliver a quirky pertinency that draws both the eye and the soul.

Thomas Mann and R.J. Cyler create a magical ‘Co-worker’ duo on screen as the misfitted pair show a flourished relationship that is relatable to many unfitted friends around the globe. It’s not often that a film revolving around an overused, yet incredibly relevant topic of which is the horrendous bastard of Cancer can refresh the home page of film in such a delicate way. We have seen installments with the teen hit ‘Boom clap’ no wait, ‘Fault in our eyes’? Wait whatever the terrible John Stamos or John Green/Blue/Red film is. But this is not like any of them. This is not your overly typical boy meets girl. No, no, this is so much more than that. This is a tale of friendship and overcoming, while showing that a little sacrifice can go a long way for someone else.

Overall I was blown away with this film to say the least, I walked in with low expectations and walked out with a feeling that I witnessed something truly special. Throw in the tickets for the recently released mindless blockbusters and go see something with a little soul. You will be pleasantly surprised. Showing in limited theatres around the globe.

I give this film a 9/10 a truly deserved feature.

Reviewed by Mase Shaw - Follow Mase on Twitter @MaseShaw

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