It doesn’t feel that long ago since I read The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon but it was over 3 years ago. I loved the book a lot and as soon as I found out there was going to be a film adaptation, I was excited. 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 Nicola Yoon. Although it isn’t my favourite Nicola Yoon book, I did throughly enjoy the book and wanted to see how they would adapt it to the screen. I will say this straight away I am quite disappointed with the film adaptation. It doesn’t do justice to the book in my opinion. It is enjoyable to watch though and did make me smile. Although it isn’t my favourite adaptation it is still worth a watch.
Daniel Bae is a romantic starting his journey to go to college and Natasha Kingsley is a Jamaica-born pragmatist whose family is about to be deported. Daniel and Natasha meet and fall for one another over one magical day amidst the rush and flurry of New York City. The sparks immediately fly between these two complete strangers, who might never have met had fate not helped them a little. They have just hours left on the clock in what looks to be Natasha’s last day in the U.S as Natasha fights against her family’s deportation just as fiercely as she is fighting her growing feelings for Daniel.
Of course I went into this film with high expectations, which I can’t lie were let down a lot. I was sad that some parts of the book got completely chanced for the movie. Some of the parts that were either missing or completely changed happened to be my favourite parts of the book. It is still an excellent adaptation though and I hadn’t read the book previously I’m sure I’d have loved it a lot more.
I was a big fan of the acting in this film. I really felt like this movie brought Daniel and Natasha to life. Yara Shahidi who plays Natasha, brought a character to life fo me just how I had imagined her in my head. Charles Melton who played Daniel was also amazing, he played Daniel wonderfully. Daniel in the movie had my heart like Daniel did in the book. Although the secondary characters don’t really play that big of a part in this movie they were all cast wonderfully and helped bring the story to life for me.
I loved the cinematography of this film. I’m a sucker for any films set in New York because it is one of my favourite places in the world. This films shows New York and all its parts in a wonderful way.
Overall, I am a fan of the, The Sun Is Also a Star film adaption and I am sure that I will be watching it 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. Although it didn’t tick all the boxes I hoped it would tick, I still loved this a lot. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for some escapism.