My most anticipated film this year isn’t a comic book flick or animated feature bankrolled by some big studio. Rather, I’m all about Sweet Virginia, and if you love thrillers that leaves a bigger jolt than your morning cup of Joe, this might do the trick.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl may, upon first blush, seem like a manipulative, tear-jerker about the friendship between an anti-social high school senior named Greg (Thomas Mann) and Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a fellow classmate who’s been diagnosed with cancer.
Thankfully director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, writer Jesse Andrews(adapting from his own book), and an inspired ensemble and crew brought something entirely different to the equation.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is actually a movie within a movie that’s also wrapped up in this giant, heartbreaking, beautiful ball we called life. It’s a Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner from the Sundance Film Festival and features engaging work from its ensemble.