December 20, 2019

The Sun Is Also A Star (2019)

Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton

I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for teen movies. And books. And really, anything about teens. There's just something that's so much more...genuine...about their stories than the overwrought dramas of adulthood. Give me Yara Shahidi's angsty face over Julia Roberts monologuing her anger in a heavily scripted tirade any day.

I love that this is a movie starring two non-white love interests. I love that it shows a male lead in a desirable, romantic way. I love that they are both equally hot. And I love that it doesn't shy away from the hugely pressing issue of immigration.

...aaaaand that's about all I loved about it.

The thing is, in a story that's all about 2 people walking around a city together and falling in love, the acting and chemistry is everything. It's literally all the movie has. And while I'm not trying to compare it to Before Sunrise, it's hard not to see all the ways in which this particular movie could have been better. There could have been more dialogue and less silent staring. More natural interactions with family and less vignette-feeling tension that seemed very "out of sight, out of mind" for the MCs. There could have even been (gulp) better acting. Nothing terrible, but nothing particularly memorable either. What sticks with me are the basics of the story, not the execution of it.

Final word: the movie wasn't anything to write home about but it convinced me to buy the book as a gift for someone, so there's that

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