Midnight Sun leaves us in blues, even though we are used to such ill-fated endings
Kate Price, a 17-year-old entangles in a beautiful romance with her childhood crush Charlie, who is unaware of her condition called Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP).
Kate Price is sheltered from her childhood due to her rare condition called Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a disease that makes its victims vulnerable to sunlight. Since her childhood, she has a crush on Charlie, whom she looks at through her window every day. Soon after graduation, Kate one night gets out of her home and sings at a station where Charlie, hearing her sing falls for her. Soon both develop an inseparable bond and sink into the world of romance, which soon is disrupted by Kate’s condition.
Midnight Sun gives you a smile on your face and a spark of teenage romance where practical elements are put apart. The fancy tale of romance, which only books itself in stories, ends up like many such films we are already familiar with. For people who have watched ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, ‘Me Before You’, ‘Notebook’ etc, this won’t be surprising. For people who are new to such tragic love stories, this will definitely leave you in tears. Nevertheless, it still manages to tug at our heartstrings and creates a feeling of melancholy.
Rather than just a love story, it also prominently shares a father-daughter relationship. Unlike other films, which only focus on couple romance, Midnight Sun carries love, friendship, family, everything in a perfectly balanced way.
STORY AND SCRIPT
Penned by Eric Kirsten, the screenplay is pretty charming. Without hanging anywhere to extend the runtime it moves on at a good pace. Lead characters also develop great chemistry as the script has given enough time for the romance to blossom among them.
The story is definitely an old wine in an old bottle. There are a number of films which tie their knots to the same premise. Nothing new except the disease, characters, and place. Still, it manages to keep the audience in an emotional state. That is the power of writing.
Directed by Scott Speer, Midnight Sun is well engaging and crowd puller. It doesn’t try to brag to be an extraordinary love story and that is the beauty of it. The director has kept it simple and affectionate. Steered well and clean, it stays at the centre line of neither too good nor too bad. It’s a film which we will remember but not talk about a lot.
Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger shared an electrifying chemistry. The string they had is the best part of this film. Rather than two actors, it really seemed like two teenagers actually involved in a romantic relationship. An amazing performance by both of them.
Rob Riggle as Jack Price, Kate’s father, portrayed a loving and heart touching dad. His performance is also a remarkable one.
Quinn Shephard as Morgan, Kate’s best friend, also did a great job. The entire cast was great and convincing.
Karsten Gopinath has captured every frame with love and beauty. Each frame speaks for itself and showcases the feelings on screen. Cinematography has been handled in a decent and pretty well manner. Rather than the romantic sunshine, Karsten has captured the beautiful stars and moonlight which witnessed the best days of Kate’s life.
MUSIC and BACKGROUND SCORE
Music by Nate Walcott was cherry on the cake. It helped in getting the emotions to the audience in an effective and intense way. Soothing and pleasant. Walcott did a great job as the music definitely had a great influence over this teenage romance drama.
In brief, Midnight Sun is a sweet watch that puts you in grief. It can call up memories of lost love, and nostalgic moments within us. The couple in the film is lovely and share a romance as anyone would wish for. Nothing new albeit, this cliche love story is still adorable.