Film review by Steve Duffy –
Based on the young adult novel of the same name, Everything, Everything tells the story of a teenage girl (Amandla Stenberg) unable to leave her home because she has an immunodeficiency that makes her allergic to almost everything. However, her life changes for the better when she begins to communicate with the boy next door (Nick Robinson).
The film does a great job establishing Maddy’s life and the dangers that surround her. It really gives her life and draws you into the illness that she lives with. Olly’s life is a little more left to the viewer’s imagination. There are bits and pieces of his life shared, but not enough to fully understand his character.
Maddy’s overprotective doctor mom (Anika Noni Rose) will do anything to protect her. The twist at the end may surprise anyone who has not read the book.
The leads have the right chemistry that is not too over the top. The story definitely keep the annoying mushy stuff on the down low. The first half is more appealing than the second half, but still an enjoyable story that will keep any fans of the novel happy.
Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality
Runtime: 96 minutes