Suffocated in the current depressing news cycles, the only place
we can desperately grasp some air of relief is in the fictional
world. Serving as a perfect antidote, here comes a modern day
"The Sun Is
Also a Star" (USA 2019 | 100 min.), directed
Russo-Young based on Nicola Yoon's
best-selling young adult
film's lovely couple shows us that magic can actually
happen when they open up their hearts to destiny. For the
audience, opening up hearts means you don't let your doubts
about the story's credibility get in the way of your
enjoyment of a pure fantasy in scenic New York City.
The fairy-tale begins with a narration about how
insignificant we are to the universe, explained by the
sharp-minded Natasha Kingsley (Yara
Shahidi). But besides the philosophical deep
thought, she also faces a more burning issue—her
family will be deported back to Jamaica within 24 hours, even
though she has regarded New York City as her only home
where she has spent most of her teenage years.
In another part of the city, the square-jawed handsome
Korean-American Daniel Bae (Charles
Melton) is about to zip up his shirt to cover up his
six-pack abs and to go for a college admission
interview. Although his parents wish for him to become a
doctor, his real passion is to be a poet.
On his way to his interview, Daniel spots Natasha gazing
at the stars painted on the ceiling
in Grand Central Station. Love at first sight, the overly
confident Daniel promises Natasha that she will fall in
love with him if she gives him a day. But Natasha doesn't
have a day because her family's immigration case is
closed, and her parents are waiting for her to go home
and pack for next day's flight.
Will the attractive couple beat the odds and fall in love on
the Big Apple's streets in less than one day?