REVIEW: Midnight Sun rises over usual genre fare

Midnight Sun is a romantic drama that exemplifies the best qualities of the genre.

It’s a humorous, moving and deeply satisfying film — One that takes the characters from the page and turns them into living, breathing people in front of your very eyes.

The screen takes great care to focus on and celebrate the love between its leads, and somehow, Midnight Sun makes sure you care too.

Bella Thorne gives a star-making performance as Katie — a young girl who has spent her life indoors, hiding from the sun due to a rare disease. Katie can’t go out in the sun, and so she lives by night.

The one solace she’s had her entire teenage years is glimpses of neighbourhood boy Charlie. He’s passed by her window for years on his way to and from school, oblivious to his admirer.

After a chance meeting, the two fall in love, and become determined to stay together under each moonlit night, despite her disease.

This is a beautiful, incredible film that will hit you right in your heart when you least expect it.

Mark my words, Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger (son of Arnold) are marked for stardom. Their chemistry here is electric, and their talent undeniable.

Also, Rob Riggle, the man snarling and loudly yelling in most frat comedy movies, gives a more muted — and more intriguing — performance here than I’ve ever seen. Give him a few serious roles in some indie films and he may prove to be a strong dramatic presence.

Midnight Sun doesn’t quite escape the tropes of the genre, but it rises where its predecessors have fallen flat.

It’s certain to be a monumental crowd-pleaser with a big, beating heart at the film’s centre.

4/5 Stars

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