Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Film Review

Released: June 12, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

The Part Where I Rave About the Movie

For at least the past year, I’ve been raving about how Jesse Andrews’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is my favourite young adult read, maybe ever. So when I heard there was going to be a film adaptation written by the author, I was so excited. Of course, I had some worries about how they would capture the witty feel of the book on the screen, but I tried to jump into this new story with both feet, and I’m glad I did.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl tells the story of Greg, an awkward high school teen who uses humour to deflect from the fact that he has no real friends. He even refers to his best friend, Earl, as his co-worker, because they make films together. When Greg’s mom finds out one of his classmates has leukemia, she forces him to hang out with her. At first these meetings are awkward, but the two soon grow to be close friends. A doomed friendship.

The witty nature of the jokes in the book came through beautifully on screen, especially through lots of stop-motion moments narrated by Greg. The story was lovely, and was changed up to better fit the visual tale it was telling, but it was the visuals themselves that had me loving the film.

I really appreciated all of the stop-motion, and the work put into their own indie films, and the way certain scenes were shot. It wasn’t just another teen movie about cancer; it was gorgeous and creative and wonderful.

I can’t wait to own this film on DVD so I can watch it again and put more time into analyzing it. If you like the book, or even if you don’t know the book – I guess I’m totally biased in saying this – but I recommend you watch this film, if not for the story, then just for the way it was filmed.

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