Not many people know this about me but All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is the book that got be back into reading after years of not reading. It holds a special place in my heart and I re-read it recently before the film was released so that my memory was refreshed. I have literally just finished watching the film adaptation as I am writing this and wanted to share my thoughts! Here is my review!
This film is adapted from the YA novel of the same name by Jennifer Niven. It has always meant a lot to me and as soon as I heard it was going to be adapted into a film I was excited. I have to say this film and its book counterpart do come with a number of trigger warnings. They are abuse, depression, suicide, death and anxiety. I knew all things going in and I’m glad I did. I loved this adaptation, I loved it.
Theodore Finch constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself, but each time something good stops him. Violet Markey exists for the future, counting the days until she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief for her late sister. When they meet on the ledge of a bridge, what might have been their end turns into their beginning.
It’s only with Violet that Finch can truly be himself – a funny guy who’s able to find the joy in life. And when Violet’s with Finch, she forgets to count away the days and starts to live them.
Of course I went into this film with high expectations and I wasn’t let down. I was sad that some parts of the book got missed from the film or completely changed but overall I loved it. I am always cautious when one of my favourite books gets adapted into a film but I think they did this one excellently.
The acting in this film was incredible. It was so lovely to see characters I have cared for for years being brought to life. Elle Fanning who plays Violet, brought a character to life for me exactly how I had imagined her in my head. Justice Smith who played Finch was absolutely amazing, he played Finch perfectly. Not only are the main characters in this story acted incredibly but so are the secondary characters. All of them have been cast wonderfully and bring the story to life in a way that will have me remembering this film for years to come.
This cinematography of this film is absolutely stunning and you can tell a lot of through has been put into this. The colours throughout the film are stunning and I feel make the film stand out from your typical “teen” movie. I am also a huge fan of the soundtrack that this film has and fell as though I will be listening to it in my spare time.
Of course I was in tears for the last 30 minutes of the movie. I started crying at the exact same time that I did whilst reading the book. I was prepared to cry though so it didn’t take me by surprise.
Overall, I am a huge fan of the All the Bright Places film adaption and I am sure that I will be watching it over and over again. It is so nice to see a lot of YA books being adapted into films and I cannot wait for more in the future. Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a cute love story though and be aware of the trigger warnings before going into this film. Personally, I loved it and recommend it, but please do be aware of those trigger warnings.