Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Cast: Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann, R. J Cyler
In cinemas September 3 September 2015
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Big thanks to Dymocks Books and Allen & Unwin for inviting me to the Sydney premiere of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I went into the movie with little to no idea of what this was about, but I have heard that it’s won multiple awards at the Sundance Movie Festival. People that watched it at the Sydney/Melbourne Film Festivals also had high praise for the movie, so I felt pretty positive about it going in.
This film is produced by the same people who did Juno and (500) Days of Summer. This means that you can expect it to be very, very quirky. I enjoyed Juno a lot back in the days, but 500 Days of Summer? Ugh, is all I can say.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl follows Greg, who’s in his senior year of high school. He’s a bit of a weird one; liked by everyone at school as he shares just enough of himself to be liked, but never gets in too deep with any one group. He believes that he has no friends, despite having grown up with Earl from a very young age. In the middle of the school year, Greg finds out that a girl he knows — Rachel — has cancer, and is forced by his mum to hang out with her.
Greg and Earl appear on Rachel’s doorstep after accidentally getting high one day at school, and to Rachel’s bemusement, they soon start hanging out with each other more and more often. The friendship is brought together by the multiple amateur parody films that Earl and Greg have been making from a young age, which Earl accidentally tells Rachel about. Of course, they couldn’t refuse a dying girl when she asks to watch them.
This movie, is very, very quirky. It’s not for everyone, and it was a little bit too hipster for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, it’s shot very well, had a very lovely story and featured some great young talents. But I just didn’t understand it on a deeper level. You know when you have an inkling that there is a deeper message hidden? Well, that message went right over my head. :/
Everyone in the town was just so…unique. So much so that it felt a little too forced to me. There’s the macho history teacher, Rachel’s overly sexual mum, weird goth kid that is too into steampunk, Greg’s sociology teacher dad that likes to eat the weirdest crap and many more. Everyone was just so quirky.
That’s not a bad thing, and if you like characters like this, then Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is definitely the movie for you. But if you’re like me and prefer action movies more, then probably stick to those.
The plot was a little slow/non-existent, revolving around Rachel’s treatment and Greg and Earl’s attempt to make her her own movie. There’s some nice themes about friendship and appreciating what you have in life, which makes for a cute high school story. If you like the sound of that, then this is definitely the right movie for you!
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is in cinemas across Australia on the 3 September 2015.