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All The Bright Places
A Netflix Movie starring: Elle Fanning and Justice Smith
Violet hasn’t been the same since her sister Eleanor died in a car accident. Suffering from survivors remorse, Violet hasn’t socialized with her friends, hasn’t gotten in a car since the accident. She hasn’t felt the want or the need to go back to the way things were.
That is, until she meets Theodore Finch, or just Finch for short. From the outside Finch is Violet’s opposite. He’s vibrant and full of life, he seeks adventure, and pushes Violet to do the same.
Brought together by a class project, the unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they thought. While Finch helps Violet see that life is worth living, Finch eventually looses sight of the same sentiment.
Will Violet and Finch be able save each other?
All the Bright Places starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith, written by Liz Hannah and Jennifer Niven, directed by Brett Hailey is based on Niven’s YA novel by the same name.
I wanted to watch this, not because it was based on a YA book, but because I generally like Elle Fanning an an actress.
Acting wise, I wasn’t disappointed. Both Fanning and her male counterpart Justice Smith were believable. Even though the plot was deep, I felt that they added a lightness to the film, dare I say it, a brightness. But that doesn’t mean they diminished the seriousness of mental health and (spoiler alert!) suicide.
I’ve watched other movies dealing with the same subject matter in the past, and most of the time these heavy subject matters were dealt with honestly, very visual. And while that is okay with some, it’s not for others. All the Bright Places was different. Yes, the tough subjects were handled with honesty and with integrity, but it wasn’t obscenely visual.
While I haven’t read the book I cannot compare the film to it to see if the plot played out the way it had in the book. I thought the movie was honest, and emotional. As a viewer I was engaged from the moment the movie started. I also appreciated how this movie made me think.