Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Movie Review

I only cried once throughout this movie—a cry that didn’t end for two bloody hours! I would continually halt the movie mid-scene to momentarily attempt to stop the waterworks. I slept with my eyes bloodshot red and awoke with a sore pair that persisted for hours on end. I’d say that part of my reaction was because I’m an oversentimental cry baby, but part of it was also genuinely of how depressing and heart rending it was.

The main character, Greg really inspires me. Greg is perhaps the epitome of an awesome friend, even when he is often portrayed as cranky and selfish in the movie. I mean, to want to sacrifice so much time every evening to consistently visit a withering friend for months on end; isn’t that wonderful? Surely, he was impelled to do so in the beginning by his mother and his first visit might not have been genuine, but bear in mind that he’s able to push himself to sustain this act of kindness for 200-something days! He probably thinks he’s an awry friend and some of characters in the movie may also think that—but I think he’s a dedicated one who simply puts himself down too easily.

Certainly he may not be the nicest one at all, but a best friend doesn’t necessarily define someone who breaks out a glitter of smiles always. It’s someone who wants the best for you—and that is he. I was so emotionally touched by the part right before Rachel’s decease; when Greg yelled at Rachel for letting herself fall victim to her illness. He intended to instill hope within the girl by shouting at her; which definitely is a harsh way to motivate someone but at least his intentions were clear. Additionally, he’s also sacrificed so much time and thought to assemble a film for the girl; which is incredibly considerate of him.

I am in love with his character and all his distinct quirks. But despite the invigorating plot, amazing settings and set of characters—this movie still didn’t strike me hard enough for it to earn a five star rating from me. Of course, my opinions are mine and they are incredibly subjective :).

[4/5 Stars]

An awkward high-school senior (Thomas Mann) and a gravely ill classmate (Olivia Cooke) surprise themselves by becoming inseparable friends.

Olivia Cooke as “Rachel” and Thomas Mann as “Greg” in ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL. Photo by Anne Marie Fox.



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