Thumbs up or thumbs down? Simple, spoiler free reviews.
Midnight Sun is a 2018 romantic drama film, based on the 2006 Japanese film of the same name, starting Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Quinn Sheppard and Rob Riggle. The story follows a teenage girl who has been sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition – a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight which prevents her from going out during the day. When she meets a boy, she struggles to decide whether to tell him about her condition or pretend to live a normal life.
I found Midnight Sun to be another clichéd and predictable ‘sick teen falls in love’ movie, but I’ll admit I didn’t hate it. In fact, against all my better judgement I have to say I enjoyed it. Maybe that ladder to the head I took a week ago has sent me a bit loopy? Yes there were moments that I thought were dumb and even a little terrible, but then I found myself smiling at the right times and a little emotional during the sad times.
There were several people in the busy screening I watched openly crying by the end and again I’ll admit to having a watery eye. I’m not made of stone folks, you can wear me down over time if manipulated enough.
However one thing I will not stand for is the outrageous suggestion that a first time busker would get a 30/40 strong crowd cheering and clapping along by the end of their first song. You’d have to be a megastar already for that to happen! (Can you tell I get annoyed by the little things that don’t matter?). I DEMAND MORE REALISTIC BUSKING.
From what I have seen online this movie has more or less been panned by critics and audiences and I understand why. Everything this movie has, has been executed better elsewhere. It’s incredibly formulaic and cheesey and clichéd and yet, despite its faults I found it to be an enjoyable experience. I know other people will as well.
The relationship between all four main cast members, the awkward romance and the chemistry between Patrick Schwarzenegger and Bella Throne make this film work. I bought into their relationship, it was cute and it was dumb. I know, I know, I’m a massive softie.
I have to ask though, is this how XP works? Do you really have to run away from the sun as if it is some kind of monster hunting you down? I obviously don’t have a clue, but I highly doubt it and it made the whole thing look a little daft. Instead of being concerned I chuckled at the absurdity of situation. Probably not what they were going for in a ‘serious teen drama’.
In conclusion Midnight Sun might be clichéd and obvious but it’s a fun ride until it ramps up to ‘full feels’ mode. Honestly it would have been better as just another regular teen romance and had forgotten about XP. Still it makes for a nice date movie or to watch with your gal pals I imagine.