Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie)

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie)Me and Earl and the Dying Girl * by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Released by Indian Paintbrush on 1 July 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Length: 1h 45m
Source: Seen online
Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cook, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, John Bernthal, Katherine C. Hughes, Hugh Jackman.

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High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

In May this year, I read a book called Me and Earl and the Dying Girl which is exactly what you think – a book about a girl who’s dying. Of what, you say? Leukemia. Apparently it’s the kind of cancer that’s in your bones or your blood. (The things you learn from books/movies). Around the time I read the book, I found out it was going to be a movie – and I immediately looked up whether it was going to be shown in my country. According to IMDb it wouldn’t be released until December this year. So when I found the movie in good quality on the internet, I took my chance and watched it.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about Greg Gaines and Earl Jackson. They make weird remakes of their favourite movies, but they’ve never shown them to anyone. Then, Greg’s mum forces him to contact Rachel Kushner, an old friend (sort off) of Greg’s, who’s been diagnosed with leukemia. She is the first person – apart from Greg and Earl – to see their movies. After a while, a friend of them asks them to make a movie for Rachel.

We all know ‘the cancer books’; The Fault in Our Stars, Before I Die – you know books like that, in which the main character (most of the time the ones suffering from a form of cancer) meet the love of their life. They have a happy time, but then tragedy strikes. Me and Earl is nothing like that. This book/movie is about a friendship between two guys and a dying girl – literally like the title says. No romance, no nonsense, just reality. That’s what I liked about this story so much – the fact that the illness wasn’t glossed over. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed both TFIOS and BiD but I don’t know – it felt like they were glamourising cancer (okay maybe a bit weird to say, but I don’t know how else to say it).

This movie was great, an amazing book-to-movie adaption. Though I don’t particularly care whether a movie is similar to a book (why should it? If I want to I could just reread the book instead), but this movie was quite similar to the book. There were some minor differences (the fight between Earl and Greg was not as severe as in the book, they didn’t show the movie in front of the entire school), but the major difference was the ending.

No spoilers here, since the ending is literally in the title, Rachel’s death was much more there in the movie. In the book, there was literally one sentence telling us that Rachel had died. No funeral, no memorial service, nothing. I liked that – because I can’t handle having a big scene where everyone is standing around a bed, saying goodbye – I just can’t.

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There was a lot of humour in it as well; I particularly liked the scene where Greg and Earl had eaten those drug-filled cookies; it was just so hilarious seeing them like that. And there was one scene, involving a poster of Wolverine and a Hugh Jackman voice-over. I just can’t believe they got him to do that, honestly. My favourite part of the entire bloody movie!

I honestly really enjoyed watching Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and I will definitely watch it again if I’m having a bad day and need to be cheered up (I’ll probably just turn it off near the end, ha ha ha). If you want to watch a movie like The Fault in Our Stars or Now Is Good (the movie title for Before I Die), but you don’t want all the sadness that comes with those movies; you should definitely watch this movie with the ridiculously long title.

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