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January 9, 2019

Midnight Sun (2018) --- "Dreams Come True At Night And Love Will Light The Way."

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     Directed by Scott Speer (Step Up: Revolution) and written by Kenji Bando (Taiyô no uta, the original story) and Eric Kirsten, Midnight Sun (2018) takes a familiar plot device, which has been seen before in Everything, Everything (2017), and delivers a fresh, relevant, and exciting film. The story follows Katie (Bella Thorne) a sheltered young woman, due to having XP, whose day starts with sundown and ends before sunrise. Katie's predictable and controlled environment is suddenly upended when she meets fellow graduate Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), a boy she’s had a crush on for years, during one of her normal nightly outings. Rather than let her condition keep her from experiencing life, the pair embarks on midnight dates and love quickly blossoms between them. But will their love be enough to help Katie conquer her fears of avoided because of her condition? Will it stand the test of time? Or will it end with the midnight sun?

      Recently love stories are a dime a dozen but Midnight Sun is a decent romantic drama that caters to both adults and young adults. At first, it isn’t clear if the film rises to the challenge but once it gets past a slow start the actors and cinematography take over, and Midnight Sun develops into a unique and entertaining film that is all its own.
     The love story is sweet and heartfelt but is not sappy like Nicholas Sparks movies. Nor is it only a he’s sick / she’s sick star-crossed love story. In truth, Midnight Sun is about a young woman who lives the best life she can with an irreversible affliction. It's about the importance of relationships and how to spot the differences between those who truly care and support Katie vs. those who have a lack of empathy for her. There is also a great deal of humor in this film that is charming and follows a natural pattern that moves the story along.
     The cast performances are great. I am not a huge fan of Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) but her she does surprisingly well as Katie and her chemistry with Patrick Schwarzenegger (Scots Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) is great as well. Well known comedian Rob Riggle (Modern Family. Night School.) shows some great dramatic chops and offers some natural comedy to the film. Quinn Shephard (Blame) is great and funny as Katie’s best and only friend Morgan. And Nicholas Coombe (Cinema Town. The Magicians) as Garver is as good.

     Overall, Midnight Sun (2018) is a young adult romantic drama that has a style to it that makes it an enjoyable tale to watch. The love story is sweet but not sappy, the humor feels natural to the story, and the cast performances were great. The story is a bit predictable but what can expect from its concept and that doesn’t mean it is any less enjoyable to watch. I recommend this film.

“The best part was having someone to share your adventures with. And if you need me, all you have to do is look up. And remember, I love you.”
- Katie

Final Vote --- 7.5 of 10 stars

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