Movie Review: All The Bright Places


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Bri Gathers, Yearbook Editor

The opinions, viewpoints, and beliefs expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints, or beliefs of the Titan Times newspaper, Tuscarora High School or Frederick County Public Schools.

Nowadays, we (both teenagers and adults) have a lot more free time on our hands than normal. Some choose to pick up a new hobby, or snapchat their hearts away, but I have been catching up on movies that I haven’t seen! Both Netflix and Hulu have a lot of good options for people, like me, who are not really into bingeing a TV series. Within the past few weeks, I’ve watched a lot of movies, and I wanted to make a recommendation to those of you who are looking! I highly recommend the film “All the Bright Places”. 

I’m going to try my best to make this movie review as spoiler-free as possible, so here we go. “All the Bright Places” is based off of the book of the same title. Although I haven’t personally read the novel, many reviews have said that both the book and the movie tell the most effective story, but if you are a reader, I can bet that the book will be an amazing read. The basic premise is that the two main characters, Violet Markey (played by Elle Fanning ) and Theodore Finch (played by Justice Smith), are both fighting through some emotional and physical scars of their pasts. They are very unlikely friends and even more unlikely lovers, which, I think, plays a huge part in what makes this film so intriguing. The story follows how they help each other through their personal hurdles and how they discover that even the smallest places can have significant meaning. 

I hate to admit it, but this movie did make me shed a few tears. I’m not one to cry at movies much, but the acting was so great, it makes you feel like you’re part of the storyline. Not only was the acting from the leads great, but every supporting character was so well needed and equally important to making the story whole. 

So, in summary, this movie is definitely one to add to the watch list. Even if romance movies aren’t really your thing, I think that everyone could really get something out of this film. It hits on many real-world issues of society today and tells an amazing story as well. So, if you find yourself  with a little free time over this break I fully recommend that you grab the snacks and hit play on “All the Bright Places”… Oh, and don’t forget the tissues, you might need them!