Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Duration: 1hr 45 mins
My Rating: 6/10
Overview: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a film adaptation based on the book written by Jesse Andrews.
The story surrounds three teenagers. Greg, Earl and Rachel. Rachel is diagnosed with Leukemia and the two boys befriend her and give her a peak into their lives as amateur film directors.
What I loved: I originally planned to read the book and then see this movie in theaters, however, after reading the book, my motivation drooped a little bit. You can read my spoiler-free review of the book here.
I wasn't totally in love with the book, so I dragged my feet to watch the film adaptation. There were a few things I did enjoy though. Like, the actors were pretty similar as to how I imagined the characters while reading the book. The top cast members are Thomas Mann (It's Kind of a Funny Story, Beautiful Creatures, Project X), Olivia Cooke (Ouija, The Signal, Bates Motel), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, Nashville, American Horror Story), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Daredevil, Sicario) and Molly Shannon (SNL, Never Been Kissed, Will & Grace) just to name a few.
Also, I feel the character relationships were more believable in the film than in the movie. Especially with Rachel and Greg and their development.
I also enjoyed seeing Greg and Earl's movies come to life, they were really funny.
It wasn't the best movie, or the worst, but it makes for some easy watching and will even make you laugh from time to time.
What I didn't: The film moves a little slow and for a while it doesn't seem like there is a major plot. It's quirky and even a little odd at times, but I suppose that can be "blamed" on the book. I don't have too many specific things to mention, the movie just isn't my normal cup of tea.