Film Micrœview #198: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

05.03.2015 § Leave a comment

Rating: Dr. Pepper.

This film was hilarious and touching, not always at once, and never cloyingly so. I was impressed how, in spite of its reflexive artifice, the genuine emotionality of the characterizations and performances shown through – several times it does the thing where it gestures as if not doing the convention but does it anyway (doomed relationship, teacher’s sappy lesson), but it wasn’t just doing it to do it, it always had a purpose. Rachel is not a subject, she is only an object, and the film is mindful of this; now it could easily have been about how Rachel was just like one of the foreign films Greg & Earl remake into something endearing, but it took a much deeper approach to this story necessity. Greg is a passive protagonist (despite Rachel being an object, she’s actually the only one who takes a real choice, to end treatment), but this is not a story in which fate can be changed; it a story about a situation in which our only salvations are humor and creativity, and all the protagonist can do is endure threat after threat to persisting, thwarted and occasionally falters but eventually comes through.

 

 

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