Friday, May 17, 2019


The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star official site 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 fairy-tale "The Sun Is Also a Star" (USA 2019 | 100 min.), directed by Ry Russo-Young based on Nicola Yoon's best-selling young adult novel. The 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?

The Sun Is Also a Star Official Site
Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures' The Sun Is Also a Star, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo: Atsushi Nishijima / © 2019 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC.

As far as the film's dreamy story goes, of course anything seemingly impossible can happen. They not only fall in love, but also have time to go to museums, sing karaoke, attend appointments, and even meet the parents. New Yorkers often give others the impression of being in a hurry, but these two teenagers seem pretty relaxed, enjoying their romance and roaming around the city while being extremely efficient.

If you can forgive the holes in the logistics and many cheesy one-liners, and simply focus on the irresistible couple's charming performance instead, you might just begin to believe the fairy-tale. As if the two charismatic protagonists are not beautiful enough for you to adore, the film constantly cuts in dazzling views of New York City from the air and on the ground, regardless if they have anything to do with the story. It makes you wonder if this is a co-production from the New York Tourism Office.

The film's production is actually coming from a major Hollywood studio. After the incredible success of "Crazy Rich Asians" (USA 2018), it's encouraging to see Warner Bros. on board again for another romantic film featuring an Asian actor as the lead, even though the 28-year-old Charles Melton looks far from a teenager. Besides giving romantic comedy some welcoming fresh faces, this film offers a pleasant escape from the dire reality.

"The Sun Is Also a Star" opens on Friday, May 17, 2019.

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