Many movies made from the world of YA fiction have mined the deep wells of young and growing love, awareness, intelligence, joy, yes, sadness.
Perhaps you remember the thrill that was The Fault in Our Stars</em> with its wonderful elevator relationship roles for Shailene Woodard and Ensel Egort?
Elle Fanning and Justice Smith take their turn as Violet and Theodore in All the Bright Places.
Directed by Brett Haley from a screenplay by Liz Hannah (adapted from Jennifer Niven’s popular novel), this NetFlix movie allows Fanning and Smith to turn on all of their emotional talents, up and down.
Violet is standing on the ledge of a bridge when Theodore comes riding by on his bicycle one fateful moment. She’s still terribly torn up a year after her sister was killed in a car accident. He’s in the grips of an inner struggle that’s less easy to identify, but it leads to him placing little post-it notes of self-feel-good exhortations on his ceiling and mercurial in-school behavior that’s earned him the nickname “The Freak.”
This unlikely duo clicks.
He helps her immensely.
That connection is great for him until …
The joy in this move are quite remarkable.
The sadness is wrenching.
And life can be quite dark, indeed, we are reminded.
Those with certain triggers, please pay attention to the pre-roll warnings.