Everything, Everything is in fact…EVERYTHING!

 

Everything 1

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

 

I. Am. In. LOVE! This movie touched my soul and for more reasons than it is sweet as can be.

First, let me start by saying, I purchased and I read the book the minute I saw the first trailer drop. Anyone who knows me or who has been following this blog knows that I love swirling. Particularly with a Black woman and White man (or any man for that matter). Just so long as a Black woman is being loved on. So the concept appealed to me enough to make me snatch up the book, even though I don’t alway read YA (Young Adult) novels.

The book, written by a Black woman who is married to a Korean-American man, is sweet, original, and creative. In between the story are illustrations that the main character Maddy has drawn. It’s just another element that pulls you into the story. The love between Maddy and Olly is sweet, innocent, and pure. You can’t help but root for them.

 

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Courtesy of Warner Bros.

So I went into the movie today with high hopes. I was so not disappointed. In fact, this may be the first time that a movie based on a book is as good if not better than the book. They cleverly found a way to express the email/text conversations between Maddy and Olly, which is how they mostly communicate in the beginning of their relationship. But the way they translated it to film, only enhanced their chemistry. And some of the sweet things Olly did for Maddy in the film, made the romance so much better than even the book.

 

 

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The casting was phenomenal. Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson were cast perfectly and their chemistry was off the charts. The way he looked at her made it feel like he truly did love her. Either he’s one fantastic actor or he’s got a little crush on his leading lady. Or maybe that’s just me and my hopeful little fantasy world I’m living in.

 

The soundtrack was also amazing and eclectic. I’m thinking about purchasing it too.

But what really touched me that I mentioned at the beginning of this review? What made tears run continually down my face throughout the movie? Finally seeing a Black girl fall in love on the big screen.

Those who are not a part of the minority cannot understand or fathom what it is like to grow up NEVER seeing someone that looks even remotely like you falling in love on the big or small screen. I literally wept for the 13-18 year old me, who never got to see a black or brown girl fall in love as I grew up. The Molly Ringwalds of the world, the Teen Witches, the Brendas, Kellys, and Donnas of the world were the norm and the standard. So much so that I didn’t even realize that I was missing anything.

Until today.

I cried because I didn’t know how much I wanted…no, needed to see that on a 5,000 square foot movie screen. I cried because it was 20+ years too late. I cried because I was so damn happy that I was finally seeing it. And it was…glorious.

Everything 2

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

 

But now I want more. And to get more, I need EVERYONE to go out and see this movie. I need Hollywood to understand that we desperately want and need more of this. So that they’ll be willing to produce more. For teens and adults alike.

I want to go to movies celebrating women of color finding love and being loved. But even movies like Waiting to Exhale, The Best Man movies, Something New, etc didn’t bring me to tears the way Everything, Everything did. Which lets me know that more than anything, our young girls desperately need to see black and brown girls falling in love and being loved.

We can’t let them down!

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Ghostbusters Review

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Columbia Pictures

 

First and foremost, let me just say…GIRL POWER!!!

Ahem… Sorry, I got a little carried away. Anywho, I’m normally not a big fan of remakes. In fact, they usually piss me off. Every time one is announced, I roll my eyes and think, “Seriously, Hollywood?!?! Your asses can’t come up with something original?! Umm…you have a writer right here that has a sh*tload of ideas swirling in my head. And I know a bunch of other writers that can contribute too. And guess what? We’d definitely bring a hell of a lot more originality and diversity to the table and I can bet ya!”

Again, I digress. So, anyway, I normally hate remakes. But when I heard that they were remaking Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, I pretty much did a fist punch in the air. Why? Because it was a big deal, that’s why! It’s important for young girls to see women as scientists, and being pretty badass while doing it. The classic sex kitten, damsel in distress, pretty girl with zero brains, etc is played out. So this was perfect.

And these ladies did not disappoint. The movie was hilarious! Like- belly laughs and tears pricking the eyes- kind of funny. The special effects were phenomenal. And I loved all the added Ghostbuster equipment Holtzmann (SNL‘s Kate McKinnon) created. Oh, and of course, Chris Hemsworth was more than just much-appreciated eye-candy. He was also hysterical. All the cameos made by the original cast were a treat as well.

The only real criticism that I have is at one point during the 3rd act, they relied heavily on the special effects and action to distract away from the lack of humorous dialogue. Other than that, I thought it was fantastic! Oh, and I wouldn’t have minded a black female as one of the scientists too. But I suppose we’re making baby steps in the right direction and at least she was a self-taught historian. So I give it 4 and 1/2 enthusiastic stars!!!

Good job, ladies!

Independence Day: Resurgence Review

Independence Day

Aside from my regular Insightful Saturdays, I have decided to add extra posts reviewing anything from movies to products. Today’s review is of Independence Day: Resurgence. This article gives the box office numbers of this past opening weekend and the opening weekend of the original in 1996. The Yahoo article called the movie a dud. They were not wrong.

My thoughts…

Now, I don’t know what Will Smith’s finances are like or how many movies he has in the works. But as far as I’m concerned, the movie needed him and he needed the movie. His career as had a bit of a slump. Independence Day combined with The Suicide Squad, would’ve been a nice little summer for him. Raising his stock and giving him a couple of nice blockbuster smashes that he’s been lacking recently.┬áThe movie also desperately needed him. They needed his energy and legendary comedic brilliance on the big screen.

I loved the original cast. The old school pros did what they came to do. Jeff Goldblum was hilarious as usual. Judd Hirsch that plays his father was adorably funny, just like the original. Bill Pullman also did well. Brent Spiner who played the crazy scientist, gave plenty of comic relief. And Vivica’s character was killed off too soon to know what she could’ve brought to the movie. But the seasoned veterans couldn’t be the only ones to carry the film. And that’s where the young and fresh-faced cast failed epically.

Liam Hemsworth did the best he could, poor baby. But he doesn’t even have experience carrying major blockbuster movies, let alone the smaller ones he’s been in. Jessie T. Usher was no Will either, but then again, he was the more serious character in the movie. And Maika Monroe fell flat for me. She only had one face during the whole movie. Annoyed. I’m actually kinda pissed that they didn’t use the original girl, Mae Whitman, that played the President’s daughter in the original. Mae has shown her acting chops on the show Parenthood and The DUFF, with a ton of other work added to her resume. Her sass and spunk would’ve been an added boost to the movie. But knowing Hollywood, they probably thought she wasn’t slim enough to play the character all grown up.

The special effects were incredible, as usual. The storyline was so-so. I don’t doubt that they had a better storyline developed for a script with Will in the movie, but had to adjust when his price tag came a little to steep for Hollywood’s tastes.

All in all, I was just super disappointed. I was really excited for this movie and I tried so hard to like it. Unfortunately, that never happened.