Hey, it’s Garrett, and I’m definitely not a movie critic.
A few weeks ago, I signed up for MoviePass. It was $7.95 a month (now it’s down to $6.95 per month if you buy a whole year upfront), and I get to see one movie per day. There are some restrictions, but for the most part, it’s super simple. You use an app, you check in to the movie you want to see once you’re at the theatre, and your special MoviePass Mastercard gets loaded with enough money to buy your ticket. MoviePass is accepted at the Regal Cinemas in Lima, as well as movie theatres in Celina, New Bremen, Jackson Center, and Bellefontaine.
Monday, I went to see the new movie “Midnight Sun“. It stars Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Rob Riggle.
Basically, it follows a 17-year girl, Katie, who was born with a rare disease called Xeroderma Pigmentosum, or XP. If you have XP, you’re allergic to sunlight, and being exposed to the sunlight will cause brain cancer. Less than 40% of people with XP live past the age of 20.
So, of course, Katie is smoking hott, but, of course, Katie spends all of her days indoors, where she never gets to meet any other kids her age, except her best friend Morgan. She has to watch as other kids go to school, spend their summers outside, etc. She goes outside at night, but clearly, can’t live a “normal” life.
Katie loves to play the guitar. Sometimes she goes down to the train station to play for tips just for fun. One night, while she’s singing, Schwarzenegger’s character, Charlie, hears her. Now Charlie has his own problems but, obviously, not nearly as big as Katie’s.
I’m not going to get into the details of the plot, cause I don’t want to ruin it for you, but you can watch the trailer above.
I didn’t have huge expectations for this movie. I mean, it’s definitely made for teenage girls, and I’m a fat dude in my late 20’s. So I knew it wasn’t for me, but I did take away some positives and negatives.
Bella Thorne was actually pretty good. She played the role really well.
It was a great story. Following a 17-year-old girl with a rare disease that completely changes her, and her father’s, life was wonderful. I actually cried near the end of the movie.
It brought to light a disease many don’t know existed.
Now, the negatives:
Patrick Schwarzenegger, in his first leading role, wasn’t very good. I’m not sure he could act his way out of a parking ticket.
Rob Riggle has made a living as a funny guy. He’s been in huge comedies, but casting him as the father of a daughter with a rare disease in a romantic movie didn’t feel right.
They really hyped up the effects of having XP. Too much. Spoiler alert that you probably saw coming: Katie gets exposed to sunlight with Patrick because they stayed out too late one night. She’s almost instantly affected and, believe it or not, that’s not how it works in real life.
I didn’t hate it, but I certainly didn’t love it. It’s just ok. But, again, I’m not the target.
I’d give it a 6.1 out of 10. I’ve definitely seen worse. But it could have been better.
Go check it out, if you get a chance, and let me know what you think!