Sometimes, a film surprises you. In the best possible way. I didn’t see this film because for some reason I thought this had a sci-fi angle but this is exactly the kind of popcorn romantic drama I crave. This is ‘The Boy In The Plastic Bubble’ but more than that this is ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ with all the non-subtleties: She wears all while, he wear all black. There’s even two rooms across from each other, and she even has a nurse.
And even as I acknowledge big holes in the story, I will also be the first person to say that the story, the characters got me hook, line, and sinker.
And it’s all because of the actors who play the lovers – Madeline, as played by Amanda Stenberg and Nick Robinson as Ollie. They are two charming actors who bring a lot of charm to their roles. I always say even the most clíched characters if played by great actors will be believable. I believed. There are details in the end that will make you roll eyes but at that point you will probably too invested with these characters, and you will just go along.
If you are a hopeless romantic, like myself, this will make you remember your first love. Like what Madeline writes in the film: Love is Everything.