When a film can win both the main judging award, and audience award, at the same festival, you know it must be damn good, as being able to please both critics and the general audiences as a whole can be a tough thing to do. So when I was looking at was on at the cinema this week, I saw the film, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I had a quick look online to see what it was about, and that’s where I saw it said it had won both the Grand Jury Prize, and Audience Award, at the 31st Sundance Film Festival. This made it quickly jump up the queue on my list of films to check out.
The premise itself is kind of unique, while at the same time riffing on variations of other ideas. A non descript teen, who’s just trying to survive the high school experience, is forced by his mum to befriend a dying girl at his school. An interesting idea, and one that could easily have come off as a bit naff or a little too on the nose for pulling the heart strings, but thankfully the film was able to pull the whole thing off so nicely that it just turned into great entertainment and a really enjoyable story.
Without giving anything away, there was only one thing that annoyed me with the storytelling, and it had a big impact on me in the emotional pulling power of the film. If not for that one thing, which technically happened twice, I feel the film would of had a bigger impact on me, but instead it only lightly pulled at the heart strings, though that never diminished my overall feelings on how enjoyable the film was. Great performances, almost entirely solid writing, and some unique directing, makes for a really good film, and one well worth seeing.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!