Hot Take: It’s exactly what you’d expect from a YA romance in the same vein as a Nicholas Sparks film. The leads are charismatic enough to overlook some cheesy dialog and there’s even an unexpectedly good performance from Rob Riggle.
If I’m being honest, I have a soft spot for the cheesy, fatalistic romance genre. Last year, I was especially high on Everything, Everything. The year before it was Me Before You. Midnight Sun is yet another one of those films. Driven by charismatic performances from Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger (son of Arnold), Midnight Sun features a flimsy plot about a girl name Katie (Thorne) who has xeroderma pigmentosum, also known as XP, which is a disease that makes the ultra violet rays from the sun deadly. She can’t leave the house in the day, home schools with her widowed father as her teacher and basically has one friend (Quinn Shephard) as the rest of her community barely knows she exists. She’s obsessed with one of those community members, Charlie (Schwarzenegger) and when she runs into him at the train station one night soon after graduation, her life is forever changed. Read More →