Everything Everything Review: Double Bubble, Bore, and Trouble
Everything Everything appears to be the next film in the YA book film adaptations appealing to those who adore stories about young forbidden love, but how does it stack up? I’d hate to burst your bubble but Everything Everything is nothing special. The story is a basic rehash of Bubble Boy with a focus on love and drama more than humor. Maddy is a girl with an auto-immune disease, and she is confined to her house, having not left it in 17 years. It is just her mother and her living in the house. Her mother is a doctor and leaves her in the care of her nurse, Carla. A new boy, Olly, moves in next door and Maddy is smitten. Maddy and Olly develop a relationship, and Maddy convinces Carla to let him in the house for a visit. All trouble stems from this moment as Maddy has put herself and her health in danger.
The problem with Everything Everything is that it is not only predictable but also emotionless. You can guess the ending of the film from the very beginning, especially if you have seen Bubble Boy. You’d know even more why I draw the comparison. The film lacks a significant emotional pull. The characters are also flat and predictable, and their chemistry is non-existent. In a film that is primarily based on emotion and love, there is little to be found in Everything Everything. Despite the best efforts by Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, you care little about Maddy and Olly and are left with general apathy about the characters and their struggle. The relationship develops far too quickly with little regard to the audience’s connection to the characters. I did not read the book before the film, but I would imagine those who had would have a better connection to the character, but it left me in the dark.
The performances by the actors are not bad per se; they just lack inspiration and emotion. It could’ve been the script; it could’ve been the performances; or a combination of the two, but it is just lackluster for me. The secondary characters were fine, but again, nothing inspired or anything resembling an emotional pull.
The cinematography was quite underwhelming as well. There are scenes that are supposed to be shot in Hawaii and manage to make Hawaii look underwhelming. The colors are dull; the cinematography does nothing to help the film and transport the characters to a new location.
I expected to go into this film and have an experience similar to that of The Fault in Our Stars but left more than disappointed and underwhelmed. The rushed character development, emotionally numb performances, and story make Everything Everything easily one of the most forgettable films of 2017 so far.