Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and definitely the winner of the “You caught my attention movie” award. From the makers of the many, many, many mediocre movies which you probably won’t be able to watch…Seriously, I don’t know what I’m doing (just heard this sentence two hours ago). If you are like me who have gained so much interest into the thoughts of dying, the sheer idea of death, the worst imagination of oblivion and accepting it afterwards, then please do consider watching Me, Earl and the Dying Girl on DVD if you have time, and if you don’t please make it as your side dish over dinner specially if you don’t have someone to have dinner with.
Not to overrate, but I have to be honest, this movie is uniquely moving, funny and undeniably painful to watch. The story is set between the discovery of the unintentional friendship between Greg, Earl and Rachel. According to Greg, this was just another terrible movie about a young weird guy with a terrible ground hog face, another young weird guy who loves to take his shirt off a lot and a girl who has been doomed to hang out with them as she slowly dies eventually.
The three of them were unconsciously discovering that there’s a bit more of friendship than what they expected to happen. The movie was partly funny in the beginning as they were acting dumb; the usual teenager crisis, I guess. It just started to feel like serious when Earl explained his thoughts about being emotionally attached and moved with Rachel’s dying tribulations and how Greg was not able to see it and appreciate it earlier.
All in all, this movie is about how awfully artistic the writer set a cancer-comedic film without ever insulting the concerned, more like the coming of age movie. It’s about being young, being creative, discovering your full potential, being part of something you feel you are homed. A part also about how families should play a part to growing up teenagers. It’s also about the importance of accepting the people around you. Understanding and respecting the differences of each person. To be empathetic. Again, it’s about dying and what’s behind it.
You see, dying isn’t about the end of everything. Dying is the beginning of something. Something new to learn about the dead. Something to look up to. Something that is left behind. It’s not actually about who left, it’s about what is left. Left for us to understand and accept.
In the movie, when Rachel died, Greg was left with pain. Pain of knowing he’d regret it someday that he wasted his time being with Rachel when she was alive. But then again, as he creep into her room, he discovered MORE than what he expected. For me, that part was the BEST.
Dying doesn’t stop there. There are still things yet to be unfold.