‘Midnight Sun’ is your latest in the line of teen romance/tearjerkers along the vein of ‘A Walk In The Woods,’ and ‘The Fault In Our Stars,’ and I don’t know if that is a spoiler of sorts for you. It is a love story between two young people, and the conflict stems from the young girl, Katie (Bella Thorne) having the rare disease XP (Xeroderma Pigmentosum) which is a skin disease that makes sun exposure dangerous for her. So, she only come out at night. When she meets Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger) her childhood crush, she years to take a stab at love, but …and you can kind of tell how this ends up… with tears.
The film has been getting pounded by critics, and I wasn’t expecting it to be great. But, I was thoroughly in it. I believed. I think Thorne here is amazingly sweet and vulnerable, and had just the right pathos for her character. Schwarzenegger was okay, too, but you can kind of see his limitations. But he looks so fine, at the prime of his youthful looks, that most times, it really did not matter – and this has more to do with me than anything else. I think the two had good chemistry, but the film is very chaste so that didn’t really have a chance to combust as it should. The film kind of goes haywire in the last part, where a lot did not really make sense, but probably that was because director Scott Spears was intent on giving viewers that ending. And yeah, I’ll admit to having a small bite sized lump in my throat then. So, it’s all good. I didn’t feel like this was a waste of my time or energy. And perhaps you will feel the same way as well.