The title certainly hints at what the movie is about but to expand that a bit, it’s about Greg, a high school senior student, who doesn’t really socially interact with other people, except with his “co-worker” Earl. Circumstances have it so, that he comes to meet a girl who might or might not be dying as you already figured out.
The script is excellent, it has everything in it and it all comes from the incredible dialogue and great narration, which is executed perfectly from our main guy Greg, portrayed by Thomas Mann. It can be funny, sad, touching, and tense within one scene, emotions are so interchanging that you cannot settle for one moment. All the clichés are brushed aside allowing a new narrative that we haven’t experienced previously, unravel before our eyes.
A mention needs to be given to Jesse Andrews who wrote both the novel and the impeccable screenplay for the movie and of course the director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon who brought the story and characters envisioned by Andrews, on film and did that exceptionally well.
The plot is unusual and the whole movie is made even more so by non-conventional filming, with shots from all different and irregular angles. Where you would expect a close-up we get some odd-wide angles; the camera never sits still, it keeps moving all the time and it just helps intensify that feeling of perspective that the movie is all about.
One of the best movies of the year and a must watch for everyone. It’s probably in contention for best adapted screenplay. Film-making at its very best.