'The Sun Is Also A Star'
(Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, John Leguizamo, Camrus Johnson, Gbenga Akinnagbe, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2019 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: “What if I told you I could get you to fall in love with me…?” College-bound romantic Daniel Bae (Melton) and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley (Shahidi) meet—and fall for each other—over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City.
DVD Verdict: Based on the book by New York Times bestselling author Nicola Yoon, this fate-filled, star-crossed romantic drama features two good-looking people who fall in love against all odds.
So unique, right? If you enjoyed her story and movie 'Everything, Everything', you'll enjoy this too. If you thought that movie was silly nonsense, you'll feel the same about 'The Sun Is Also A Star.'
Directed by Ry Russo-Young, it feels very much like her other movies 'Before I Fall' and 'You Won't Miss Me,' but it does have its very own discerning features too.
Their story holds some unique flavor to it compare to others by offering a twist in the form of a very set timeline along with an ending that offers a refreshing take on these types of films.
My favorite part would be more so the background details that somehow tell another part of the story, hidden nods for details that will later be revealed in the ending.
Yet, the film does not quite deliver in the usual pizazz that these movies hold, getting too caught up in the one-day time limit to deliver on the quality cries and emotions these films like to use.
Still it does not escape the predictable and cliché story telling that fans love, but rather than true love and a believable romance we instead get a very cheesy tale that offers little sustenance.
The film feels more like two friends starting out on a friendship, that rapidly changes as each hour passes.
In addition, many of the tales have blunt finishes, with the secondary characters adding little to the movie overall, which was a shame given all the personal problems the leading characters had with their family's style of raising them.
Overall, the movie is not bad and is a very nice attempt at changing the formula that has been a staple in the genre. Sadly, the movie feels a little rushed, leaving much of the meat of the book remaining in the pages instead of onscreen.
In closing, this adventure is not quite the epic love story that so many fall in love with, but at the same time it at least brings some emotional moments and a relationship that has believable components to it. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Love Is a Universe Featurette
'The Sun Is Also A Star' EST contains the following special feature:
• “The Chemistry of Casting” featurette
• “Love is a Universe” featurette
• Alternate Scene – “Five Years Later”
• Deleted Scene – “Korean Restaurant”
On August 6th, 2019, 'The Sun Is Also A Star' will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others.
On August 20th, 2019, 'The Sun Is Also A Star' will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
Official 'The Sun Is Also A Star' Trailer