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All the Bright Places sheds light on teen issues

Based on the book by Jennifer Niven, “All the Bright Places” is a movie that will send you to tears and make you look at the world in a new light. Released on Netflix in February 2020, this film is a must watch if you’re looking for a new perspective of life. Directed by Brett Haley, there are many amazing actors casted in this movie that brings this movie to the next level. 

“All the Bright Places” is based on two main characters Violet and Finch who are two teens struggling to fit into the societal norms of the world. Violet, portrayed by Elle Fanning, is a hopeless mess after her sister dies in a car accident. There is a strain between her old self and her new world. Her friends and family seem distant as she feels she is walking through this tragedy alone. That is until she meets Finch, portrayed by Justice Smith. Finch is a kid struggling with depression and anger issues as his father used to beat him and his mother.  

Finally, Violet and Finch connect when they must do a school project together to fund the wonders of Indiana, their hometown. 

Reluctant at first, Violet finally gives in to Finch’s charm and humor and they start travelling from place to place finding the small places of Indiana that makes the boring town more spectacular.  

Eventually, Violet and Finch fall in love with each other. They spend every waking moment together and cannot get enough of one another. What was once just a school assignment, Violet finds Finch who is just as broken as her and together they made a whole.  

After a lot of criticism from Violets old friends, Finch struggles with the fact that he might not be good enough, just like he wasn’t enough for his dad. Finch goes into a dark state and Violet begins to worry. And as soon as their love story begins, it ends just as fast. Violet spends the rest of the movie realizing the small moments that made life great and revisits them often to make her feel close to Finch again. 

This movie does a great job portraying the teenage world and what tragedy can do to a young kid. “All the Bright Places” makes viewers take a step back to see that even the smallest moments in life can have a major impact. 

This movie has some language, sex and real-life issues. Some parents say that the film is okay and includes real world issues that teens should be aware of. However, some parents say that it is too soon for kids to be learning about these issues and that only mature teens should watch it. Once again it is up to the parent to decide, although experts say this film is for 14 and up. 

After watching this movie more than once, I am still very impressed with how the film came together. The director did a fantastic job bringing life and love to big issues many teens face today. I give this movie an A- rating. 

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