The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)


“Carl Sagan once said that human beings are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it’s forever. 13.8 billion years ago the big bang created the stars, the planets, the galaxies. Observable fact, rational thought. Pure science. Perfect. The big bang also led to my home. New York. A city filled with humanity, dreams, loss, love, the choice we make, the path we choose. I always believed it would take a lifetime to understand the human heart. In the end, all it took was a single day. ” – Natasha Kingsley

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – On her last day before being deported with her family, a young student does all she can to try and find a way to stay in New York City.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before watching yet was quite intrigued by the premise since I love films that deal with this kind of connection between characters.

The overall idea is quite good and they find ways to let things play out on numerous levels and still stay interesting throughout.

Since this film is based on a teen romance novel, there are some plot threads that feel a bit too choppy and incomplete, but that goes with the territory of adaptations to the screen.

I’m sure that the book allows more time to flesh out these incomplete scenes and it’s a bit of a pity that they left things hanging here even if they are not the main focus of things.

As a character story, this film works really well because it is able to develop these characters really well.

The fact that there is amazing and real chemistry between the two leads helps make things even more believable to watch unfold.

Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton play these characters really well and make us believe their sprouting love along the way.

The film’s message about true love finding a way to work no matter the situation is great and is able to resonate throughout.

This allows for the story to be quite interesting to watch because of a few nice twists and turns that happen as the story unfolds.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that manages to work on numerous levels There are a few scenes and conversations that seem to choppy but that probably has more to do with the time constraints than anything else. Since this is based on a teen novel, I assume that those plot threads are fleshed out much better on the page which is understandable. The chemistry between the two main characters played by Shahidi and Melton is great and quite believable because of the way that the story unfolds. The message about true love finding a way shines through throughout and helps make this a fun film to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – It has some of the elements from Serendipity (2001) and near the end of both movies, the Caffe Reggio Original Cappuccino shop is also used. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

 

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