Quick Hit: A tale of two reviews
This review is probably going to be the most unique I’ve ever written. Here’s why – I have no idea what to give this movie at all. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about exactly that – a dude, his dude friend named Earl, and a girl that’s dying. As far as plot, that’s all I can say. Read on my Constant Friends, read on. I think spoilers will abound, but are they spoilers if it is in the title?
Review 1: Positive Review – A?
It’s so easy to see why this became such an indie hit. This movie screams indie film. The camera movement is exhilarating and the different angles are so much fun at times (and must have been a royal pain to for the actors to shoot the same shots over and over). The writing is fresh and the humor is different. The cast is pretty good and the random animation sequences are good for a chuckle.
I really liked the idea of a film maker making the film and talking to us through it. The actress in this (Olivia Cooke) has a certain style that seems to follow her in movies. It’s that fun style of clothing and awkwardness that I enjoy (You can see it in the sometimes great, sometimes terrible Bates Motel as well).
The movie spoofs are really fun as well. Most cinephiles will be able to pick out some really famous films in their spoofs. Some, like A Sockwork Orange, really make you laugh out loud. Others fall due to their juvenile nature, but all are creative. It’s good to see a movie about film, made by people that love film. All film, including those strange foreign pictures that seem to find their way into history.
Review 2: Negative Review – F?
What a film about teenage self-centeredness. Me and Earl describes exactly that. The main character is forced to hang out with a girl, sort of befriends her, but ends up learning nothing from the experience of her dying. His best friend (co-worker, because apparently he cannot call him a friend) Earl is a characteriture of a black character – from the wrong side of town and with a dirty catchphrase to boot (“dem titties”).
It would have been nice for this movie to focus on the dynamic of Earl and Greg (the self-described Me). It could have shown how despite radical different backgrounds, they found threads of commonality that led to a friendship. Instead, Earl is just used for comedic relief and to relay thoughts
Final Thoughts: Here’s what I think. You are just gonna have to come to your own conclusion on this movie. I can’t give it a rating, despite that fact I am now doing lots of film reviews. It’s a movie that will leave some happy, some sad, and some with a bucket of mixed feelings about the movie in general.
The one thing that I can say about this movie is that it is fun to see how technology has changed our society. Anyone can participate in some type of artistry. Some people use their phones to take beautiful pictures. Other people buy a Go-Pro and take amazing video. Some use computer technology to do fun animation about fan fiction. And some people use the internet’s expanding influence to write a blog about something they love: film. Thanks for reading everyone!
For more about this movie, check out IMDB.
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"