Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Review Aug28

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Review...

I was handed the novel Me and Earl and the Dying Girl on a Sunday afternoon. By Sunday night, I was halfway into it. I could not put the book down. I took a nap while reading the book, and upon waking up from the nap, instead of doing my usual – namely napping some more, I reached for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl so that I could keep reading it. If it wasn’t for my job getting in the way, I would have had the book finished by Monday. Instead, I completed it on Wednesday.  I then immediately wanted to see the movie. If you are a film student, have ever been a film student or just have a passing interest in film making, I think that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will speak to you. A major part of the story is about two friends trying to make movies that don’t suck. In the book, the suck factor is definitely there, but in the movie, it seems that the suckiness of their projects is all in their heads. The biggest change from book to movie may be the quality of Greg and Earl’s movies. In the books, they’re legitimately bad. In the movie, they’re legitimately good, just with the punniest names ever (another good thing in my opinion). Someone told me that an entire second team created these 40-something shorts at the same time that the main movie was being shot. It’s amazing how well the movies come together. I loved them so much. I hope that when the DVD of the movie is released, we’ll have a special feature that shows us extended versions of all of these snippets. They were fantastic. Which brings me back to...