Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Book + Movie Comparison Review

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Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Screenplay by: Jesse Andrews 
Release Date: June 12, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★★★★ (8/10)



High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.


My Review: 

This review contains no movie or book spoilers. Read on! 

As I previously stated in my book review of Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, I wasn't too impressed by the plot and execution of the novel, but some of my favorites parts were when Earl and Greg were talking about the films they've made together and the boundless directors and movies that influenced them. After finishing the novel, I guessed that some of the more visual aspects would shine better in the movie than in the book. 

Jesse Andrews, the author of Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, also wrote the screenplay for the film, which is always a big plus. He stuck close to his own source material and played around with some scenes but the end result was the same. 

I haven't read the screenplay but watching the movie, a lot of the themes worked better in film format than the novel, but the same problems that I had, which was the lack of character development, were still evident in the movie adaptation.

The movie had a voice-over from Greg, the main character, which was a smart choice and kept the same vibe that the book had. The movie is funny, and the jokes all landed unlike the novel. It was sarcastic, and had really subtle humor within its performers and dialogue. 

I really loved the end scene where Rachel gets to view the film that Greg and Earl made for her and the projection of the movie on the hospital wall and the way the colors bounced off both Greg and Rachel's faces were beautiful and quite touching. 

The movie is a solid adaptation of the novel and I came away from watching it not liking it less or more than the source material. If you've read the book, you'll probably come away feeling the same way watching the movie as you did reading the book. 

I found the film funny and visually interesting since the director plays around using iconic and experimental camera techniques but the story lacked character development and attachment that I had to the characters just like the novel. 

Check out my book review of Me and Earl and The Dying Girl here

The movie is out in theaters now. 

Have you watched the movie? Read the book? Let me know of your thoughts down below.

-Amanda Leon 

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