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.
One of the many great aspects of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is newcomer RJ Cyler, who’s a scene stealer as Greg’s (Thomas Mann) best friend and filmmaking collaborator. It was just over two years ago when his family moved from Florida to California in hopes of seeing Cyler’s acting career take off. And thanks to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – it did.
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.
Me and Earl and The Dying Girl is receiving its share of momentum ramping up to its nationwide release of June 12, and earlier this week I interviewed the principal cast and director for the film. One of the many highlights of the day included learning about Olivia Cooke’s acting background.