Flick Reviews: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ (2015)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is an indie comedy-drama film from 2015. It is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and stars Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler and Olivia Cooke.

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Differing from the others like it with its own unique quirks, this little dramedy comes in as a treat for moviegoers by twisting a mainstream narrative with the use of an arthouse-like approach. As the elements of youthful drama and a serious subject matter collide, we see the film making its creative brain work and lets its huge heart to touch ours in a manner so different from what we’re used to. Its narrative unfolds into an affecting tale of an eccentric friendship; letting its filmmaking work on various levels, leaving us impressed for its artistic execution of everything.

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The blending of mainstream and indie elements go very well with together, giving it a distinctive edge. From beginning to end, the film captures our attention for having a certain weird yet attractive feel to it, hitting all the right notes immediately. Starting from that moment, our attention for it progresses from interested to hooked, thanks largely to its connection of character to story. Once it presents the characters, we start to really admire what it tries to go for. It’s where its screenplay starts to reveal itself as a wondrous stunner, unbelievably turning YA drama cliches into something new for us to love. That also includes something cool and affecting for our eyes to see as it has special treats for moviegoers to adore. That special something is basically the film appreaciating the art of classic cinema, but it shouldn’t just be looked down upon. It finds a way to connect to its charavters, and it all meshes well with beauty and flair. It could’ve simply turned out to be a sign for it doing things tastefully in its own ways, but nonetheless it never exploited that asset to the fullest, leaving us with so much more to cherish. It may be a small nod to cinema, but for the film it means something bigger as it exposes its themes with profundity that gives it such a personality.

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Dialogue is also a huge contributor to keep us from turning it off, and it’s all because of it feeling genuinely honest in how it sounds without diverging away from its occasionally spirited way of doing things. It expresses itself sentimentally through its characters and with them, the film just finds more reasons to keep us engaged with it. The actors potraying their roles seem to really fit in them and in that, we can just really buy into what this film tries to sell a whole lot more than we’d think. As we reach its end, it presents us something heavy for our emotions to take, ending it all with an elegant downer, furthermore proving that this film does what sappy teen dramedies dos, only better and one-of-a-kind eccentric. Simply said, the cliche look of the film shouldn’t totally mistaken for what it truly IS. This really should be something to appreciate for it is such a fresh and sincere for a teen dramedy to just be ignored.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl grabs you in for a gracefully odd ride of happiness and depression with its realistic yet beautiful depiction of cancer, all acted by a great young cast following a terrific, poignantly penned script that effectively gets us up, down and delighted. With its filmmaking’s expression of realism and love for cinema in its rather stereotypical characters and heavy subject matters, it turns what could’ve been sweet and sticky into something more of a moving and artful look at a terminal illness.

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