Sundance darling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has finally widened its release and has made its way to where I live. I’ve been anticipating this film for a while, once I heard about all the buzz it was getting, I couldn’t wait to seek this one out. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at The Sundance Film Festival on the back of stars Thomas Mann and Oliva Cooke along with director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
Greg (Thomas Mann) spends most of his time making parodies of movies with his friend Earl (RJ Cyler). Greg befriends Rachel, one of his classmates who is battling cancer and his outlook on life is flipped on its head after that.
I’m at a loss for words. This movie is incredible. The chemistry between the three leads is simply amazing. Oliva Cooke is absolutely heartbreaking as Rachel. Throughout the movie you just want her to pull through, and you want her to find happiness in her life. Her life becomes a bit better when Greg befriends her, reluctantly at first. As their friendship grows, you think that they will fall in love like in any other movie, but this was different.
Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, took a male and female lead and decided not to have them fall in love. They were just really close friends that cared for each other, and genuinely loved being in each others company. He did a great job directing this film, it’s shot beautifully and had me glued to the screen.
This is one of my favorites of the year, it makes you laugh cry and cherish the loved ones in our lives. Beautiful.