By: Nick Askam
Everything, Everything is about a young girl, Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg), who is allergic to everything. She has a rare disease called SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency) that forces her to stay inside and have no contact with the outside world sans looking out the window and perusing the internet. Then, one of the prettiest boys, Olly Bright (Nick Robinson), moves in across the street and her life changes forever.
There are many thoughts that I have about this film. Unfortunately, none of them are that positive minus the fact that I think it’s really cool that the female character is not white. I think that’s a risk that made this movie enjoyable and gave it some more heart. Although, I felt like all the characters were written as white people, but they had different people reading the parts. It was still cool to see a blockbuster film push the narrative that this girl is beautiful in her own right. It’s something that surprised me and it’s sad that it does because it’s 2017.
I’m going to spoil the plot here, but it’s okay because you shouldn’t waste your money.
This film feels empty like there’s something obviously missing. Like it doesn’t seem right that this girl’s life is horrible with such a wealthy family and a supportive group of people around her. Sure, she can’t go outside, but there’s still a reason for her to want to go outside even without Olly. The film shows us that Maddy wants to go outside. She’s dreaming of the ocean and going to the beach. The second that Olly shows up, everyone around Maddy acts like he’s the reason that she wants to go outside. Did we just forget that she was wanting to go outside not 15 minutes prior? I know these characters are flat and one sided, but come on. There has got to be a better way to portray this than what is shown. Actually, I’m almost certain of that because I’ve seen it better in other films.
The sub-characters are horribly undeveloped. There is a maid, Carla (Ana de la Reguera), who is this super kind woman that has been with Maddy for all her life. That’s literally the only thing we ever learn about her. We don’t really know how this job has affected her or what she really cares about sans her daughter, Rosa (Danube Hermosillo). It makes this film feel one-sided. Like all, we should care about is the inside of the house which boils down to Maddy, Olly, Carla, Rosa, and Pauline (Anika Rose) in the one place that they all want to leave. I wish there was more development in the outside world because the inside world is horribly boring. So much so that all of the characters in the film wanted to leave it.
The twist at the end is horribly insensitive. I’m all for twist endings. They’re the reason that I started watching movies in the first place. I love being so immersed in a film that it shocks your system with a twist. Although, the twist must be self-contained in the film. There can’t be any moment where you’re completely drawn away from what’s happening because of something so stupid that happens in the film. Everything, Everything tries to fill its bad logic with a horrible twist. The premise is that Maddy goes to Hawaii and gets sick because she has SCID. She doesn’t die (bad logic) after being outside all day even though she almost died from being outside for 3 minutes (bad logic). It fills in this bad logic with some idiotic nonsense about her not actually being sick. Well, I’d love to not be sick either in this situation. People are acting like it’s the worst thing in the world. I think it’s horribly desensitized to parents whose kids actually have this disease.
Overall, in an attempt to make this girl more human, she ends up feeling flat around flat people who only care that she’s unhappy. There was nothing that I will remember about this film except that it trivialized this girl’s disease with a horribly ridiculous twist ending. If you like the blue and orange overblown colors, this might be the film for you.
Short Review: SCID Sucks, especially when you don’t have it.
(she wrote these in film)