Young Love In The Age of Trump (Movie Thoughts: The Sun Is Also A Star)

sunHow do young people fall in love in the age of Trump? Ry Russo-Young’s ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ gives us a glimpse. The He is Daniel Bae (Charles Melton) and he is Korean, and the She is Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi) and she is Jamaican. They meet in New York City but there is a hitch –  she and her family are being deported back to Jamaica, and they have a day to fall in love. Can they do it?

If you don’t think they can then you have a heart of stone. Or maybe you just cannot suspend disbelief.  Tracy Oliver’s screenplay (based on Nicola Yoon’s YA book) asks you to do that a lot here, and it could really get tiresome. But if you believe in love, and you believe in fate, then you should not have a problem enjoying this film.

The attractive actors make everything easy to swallow. At my prime time screening, the crowd erupted in applause when the two finally kissed. I am as hopeless a romantic as anyone, but at times I found some of the details of the plot cringe-worthy. But I enjoyed it more than I didn’t, and I really appreciated New York City basking in the sun. Moreover, I loved the authentic background flavor for the two leads. The filmmakers made sure we see that they are Korean and Jamaican. So I can’t totally hate on this. I can only celebrate.

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