Written July 30, 2014
I caught this film at an advanced screening and I was genuinely surprised at how well the film maintained an uplifting tone while tackling the subject matter of cancer. The performances of all the actors were excellent across the board, especially the acting of the child actors. For a film to resonate with it's audience, it has to find a connection in which the general public can relate to. This film excels due to this connection, a film that will bring new perspective to the daily lives of the people who see it.
Written July 18, 2013
When I was first offered to watch a pre-screening of this movie, I must admit I was a little hesitant to view it. Normally I stray away from any movies that have to do with cancer. However, I thankfully did decide to watch the film and I am SO glad I did. Though this movie centers around two boys on their journey of fighting leukemia, the tone is not one of somberness but of joy. Yes, sad scenes and deep questions of life and death occur throughout the film, but after walking away from the movie, I felt, well, joyful. There is an uplifting spirit from this movie that is completely beyond my explanation; the director did a phenomenal job at engaging the audience and pulling them into these boys' lives. Some of the best child acting I've ever seen. Though the scenery was beautiful, the cinematography could have been a little better. I would recommend this film to both teens and adults. If you don't have a desire in seeing it, still see it. I promise you will not be disappointed