"I'm really busy during the day, but I can be free at night." -Katie Price, Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun (2018)
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"I'm really busy during the day, but I can be free at night." -Katie Price, Midnight Sun
Bella Thorne and Schwarzenegger are both one big cringefest in this movie. Which wouldn't have been necessary. I think that if there was a different cast it would have been a totally different movie, and would have gotten a higher rating. I'm unsure if much of it was improvised or perhaps the writers just don't know how teenagers talk to each other? Anywho. Five stars.
A teen romance about a 17-year-old girl with a life threatening sensitivity to sunlight, who has her first romantic relationship with her longtime crush, but she doesn't tell him about her illness. The movie stars Patrick Schwarzenegger (son of the great Arnold Schwarzenegger, in one of his first major starring roles), Bella Thorne and Rob Riggle. It was directed by Scott Speer (who previously helmed the 2012 teen romance dance flick 'STEP UP REVOLUTION'), and it was written by Erik Kirsten (the film is a remake of a 2012 Japanese movie, of the same name). It's received mostly negative reviews from critics, and it's a modest hit at the Box Office. I found it to be mildly affective, but mostly mediocre at best.
Katie Price (Thorne) has had a rare illness since she was a small child, called xeroderma pigmentosum, in which she can be killed by any exposure to sunlight. She has lived most of her life almost entirely indoors, being homeschooled by her loving father (Riggle). Now, as Katie graduates from high school, she begins venturing outside at night to play her guitar. On graduation night she meets her longtime childhood crush, Charlie (Schwarzenegger), who never even knew she existed before that. A romance develops between the two, but Charlie doesn't know anything about Katie's condition.
The film is pretty routinely made, and it's clichéd and pretty cheesy as well at times. It accomplishes what it sets out to do though, and I think it's target audience will be completely satisfied with it. I usually hate these types of movies, but I wanted to see this one just to see Patrick Schwarzenegger in a starring role (I was a huge Arnold Schwarzenegger fan). It's a little weird how much he resembles his father at times, in appearance, but he still acts nothing like him (and of course doesn't have the beloved accent). He's also not nearly as charismatic, or talented (that we can see yet at least), but he does fine in this film. It would be great to see him and Scott Eastwood star in a buddy action flick together, I think. I'm sure it would probably be cheesy, and bad, but also really amusing. Rob Riggle steals this movie though, and it's worth watching if you're a fan of the genre definitely.
Midnight Sun is NOT another "he's" sick/"she's" sick) kind of film. It's far more about the peripheral impact of the disorder XP (Xeroderma Pigmentosum). The story is, in truth, far more about a young woman who does what she can, working around and living with an irreversible affliction.
The story is about important relationships, as well as support of the overall life of the young woman. It is about people who really care, and those who APPEAR to show an absence of empathy.
The first 1/3 of the film is committed to setup. Once that's been established, it picks up speed - nicely capturing the picture of mainstream high schoolers. Each has an albatross around their respective necks - and, that is part of the magic of the story as it evolves.
I recommend this film highly. While anyone in their teens and beyond will be touched by it, those who have experienced chronic, threatening disorders in their family will especially relate to the portrayal in the film.
Contrary to other posts herein, the film is NOT "emotionally manipulative." It IS a beauteous, compelling piece that gives one cause to pause - and reflect on the gifts that come in many forms.
Often playing mean girls, actress and singer Bella Thorne this time gets to play a more sympathetic character, Katie Price, a 17-year-old with such a severe case of XP that even minimal exposure to the sun could be deadly. Consequently, she spends all of the daylight hours behind specially-tinted windows in her house with her single dad (Rob Riggle, shedding his usual comedic persona for another dramatic role). Besides her dad, Katie's only friend is a fellow teenager named Morgan (Quinn Shepherd) who one day knocked on the door to play with the mysterious girl who never came outside... and never stopped coming around. Katie stays upbeat and makes the most of her life, such as it is, but she does wish she had at least one more friend, a boy named Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger, establishing himself as more than just Arnold's son), whom Katie longingly watched pass by her house for the past 10 years.
Having been homeschooled by her dad, Katie is treated to a private graduation ceremony (at home, of course) on the same day that her peers graduate and he lets her indulge in one of her favorite hobbies, playing her guitar and singing on the platform of her local Seattle-area train station. There she finds herself face-to-face with Charlie for the first time and she kind of freaks out. Charlie is charmed by her awkwardness (and attracted to her natural beauty), so he pursues her until she agrees to go on a date with him. Although she insists on only meeting him at night - and one date turns into several - she struggles with when and how to tell him about her condition... knowing he'll find out sooner or later.
"Midnight Sun" is similar to 2017's "Everything Everything", but the latter was a little better. It's a miracle Katie wasn't morbidly obese by the second act, considering all the scenery chewing Thorne did early in this film. However, once Katie and Charlie become a couple, most of the rest of the story is fairly touching, although the plot points often feel contrived. Unfortunately, Thorne seems made up and dressed to look like fellow 20-something actress Zoey Deutch, who is more talented and more beautiful than Thorne. The latter plays vulnerable and sympathetic very well, but stumbles when she's trying to act awkward or comedic. Her great singing voice (an important part of her character) and her performance as a girl being romanced by her dream boyfriend mostly redeems her... if the initial overacting hasn't made you stop watching... and if you can get past the emotionally manipulative plot. "C"
I thought the movie couldve been so much more, like.. instead of just dying off, she couldve become a music star of some level, with freaky concerts because the sun can never shine and telling the world about XP. Or at least playing a real concert once. But no, boom and dead. Wow. Not even a death scene. Only the Schwarzenegger sun shortly mourning by staring passionately on the ocean. ...?
After she died the movie went downhill. For godsake the girl just died and the dad is ... well just like before? But... her song is in the radio... so that's cool, right? ... It had quite potential but the filmmakers didnt take it.
The music was also a little disappointing. Although it was emotional due to the scenery I really, really didnt like the songs.
An immediate mental image of "Fault in our stars" and "Me before you" came in my mind but the disappointment is this movie shy far away from these two masterpieces. It's just one of those shallow love stories where the writer has no regard for details and tells you whatever you wanna hear( cliche).
1.In the beginning of the movie as the lead actress(Bella Thorne) narrates the story, there is part during elementary school when her future best friend knocks on her(Bella) door and her father opens up and he tells the little girl that her daughter(Bella) can't go out in the sun and little girl(future best friend) is like "Can she play at night?"....Who allows their elementary school daughter to go play at the strangers house at night?....and am using the word "Stranger" because there is no point during the movie where the best friend's family was shown, which is just shallow too if you ask me.
2. The lead actress(Bella) goes to play the guitar/singing at the train station almostly every night and by some reason Charlie(the boy she falls for) has never seen her. I get it that they wanted to make the encounter of two lovebirds cute but stil that doesn't make sense at all.
3. The movie story leans on the fact that the girl has skin disease so you would wanna see how she struggles with the disease and keeping up with her relationship. But almost 3/4 of the movie is about a perfect love story of two teenagers who basically goes out on dates at night.
4. When Charlie takes her out on a date across the city on the day she gets exposed to the sunlight, her dad lets her off too easy. I was expecting he would have insisted on the time to be back, he would have been constantly checking on her. And even after she missed the curfew, they showed he texted her alot but never thought about calling Charlie, the guy she left with.
5. When the disease if finally triggered, they didn't get the disease facts right. XP presents with skin blisters, engorged skin veins, eye ulcers but the only thing they did is make the girl look pale.
6. The dad didn't look that "Broken" for a parent who is about to lose a child. A scene where she asks her dad to just let her go out in the day when she wanted to go to the boat with Charlie after they release she is gona die no matter what, he lets her off too ease. As parent I imagined he could have clinged to every bit of hope he could find and that was just like letting her go out there to die.
7. Hanging characters, as connected as the two lovebirds were, we never got to see Charlie's parent. She had a best-friend whom we knew nothing about as in we never saw her family. Charlie's ex never put a fight when he came with a strange girl to her party. The movie has so many hanging characters.
Midnight Sun will definitely appeal to the lovers of Nicholas Spark novels and the love characterization in them . Especially the movie " A Walk to Remember"; if you are fan of that movie, you wouldn't want to miss this one then.
Romantic movies with terminally ill patient as the protagonist is an age old tale and we have seen plethora of movies addressing it. This movie too has an interesting premise away from cancer and tumor and talks about a disease called Xeroderma pigmentosum that makes interaction with sunlight deadly for the patient. The drama could have been more nuanced but the director plays old school and you basically see the formula of every such teen romantic movie being repeated.
The actors including Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Quinn Shephard have done their parts satisfactorily but to be honest there is nothing commendable in anyone's performance partly due to a weak screenplay. The technical details of the movie are well presented and to be honest the movie is not too boring as well.
Finally, if you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks styled romance, I would suggest this film. Otherwise its better giving it a miss.
"Midnight Sun" is a very good movie, I really enjoyed it. It is well worth the price of admission to see it.
Rob Riggle really shined, he showed true acting skills and was the perfect single dad. I really enjoyed him.
"Midnight Sun" is a huge tear jerker but it is still a wonderful love story and a must see!
No one would busk on the street and automatically have dozens of people watching.