Movie Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Hey, guys. I’m here with another post for you. As some of you know, I just recently finished the book Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (You can check out my review for that!) But yesterday, I watched the movie, and I wanted to share some thoughts with you, without spoiling it.

On a scale from Percy Jackson to Harry Potter, this book-to-movie adaptation was just short of being a Harry Potter (I know, right?). Of course, some aspects changed, but the scene differences had no effect on the plot whatsoever, and most of them were just small, anyway.

For example, in the book, Earl had about five or six brothers, but in the movie, only Derrick was shown. I completely understand that a movie isn’t like a book, and that there isn’t just endless space for people to fill in with a description of each and every brother, and at least one thing they’ve done to ruin their lives, but only having Derrick really didn’t make a difference; it was simply a keen observation.

One of my favorite scenes from the book was when Greg and Earl accidentally got high off some cookies that Earl’s brother’s girlfriend made. I was really excited to see this come to life on the screen, and it was pretty funny.

Because it’s a movie and not a book, again, we didn’t need to waste time with a bunch of those descriptions of everyone in the freaking school, so there was more time for Greg/Rachel talks, so we could firsthand experience the development of their relationship.

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The talking was extremely awkward at first, but hey, that’s how it was.

I also got really choked up near the end. I even left the movie on for long enough to listen to the end credits soundtrack, which is something that I haven’t done in a really long time. The thing is, the song that played suited the whole mood of the movie perfectly. 

Listen to the song here.

I don’t know why, but the lightness and innocence of the song described the movie in the beginning, and even though the topic got heavier and heavier, there were still ways to keep us feeling like the characters in the movie had no idea what they were talking about.

Except Earl. Earl was a riot, that loved to call people out on all their crap.


Book to movie score out of 10: 7

Movie score overall out of 10: 9

Total score: 16/2o = 80%

Gee, seemed so much better in my head.


Please contact me for any questions you may have! I’d love to hear them!

Fondly,

Yellow Eccentricity

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