I saw this film in the cinema thanks to my Odeon Limitless card.
Madeline Whittier is a seventeen year old girl who has a rare disease, which means she is unable to leave the safety of her house, as anything could potentially kill her. She is content with her life, being home-schooled via the internet, talking to her online support group and reading books. One day, a family move in next door, and Maddy meets Olly. After texting him for a while, she realises that she is falling in love with him, and has to decide whether meeting him and being with him is worth the risk of becoming seriously ill.
I was looking forward to watching this film, having just finished reading the book and loving the book. I was not disappointed! The film is very faithful to the book, with only a few minor differences, although none of these made any difference to the main plot.
The casting choices were perfect. Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson as Madeline and Olly were, to me, the ideal actors! They seemed to have a strong chemistry, and they made me really feel as though they were Maddy and Olly, and not just playing characters in a film.
Even though I knew the plot, it was interesting to see certain scenes from Maddy’s mothers’ point of view, such as finding Maddy’s note. Due to the book being told primarily from Maddy’s view, we did not get to see her mother finding her note, and her reaction to the note. The twist toward the end of the film made me tear up while watching it, whereas it did not when reading. Amandla and Anika Noni Rose (Pauline Whittier) put so much heart and emotion into that scene, and it showed in the final film.
All told, I am very pleased with the book to film adaption of Everything, Everything, and it will definitely be one that I buy on DVD when it is released.
You can find my book review for the original book here.