The Half of It Review
by A. West
**** 4 Stars
‘The way in which it explores friendship, love and sexuality, as well as the representations of a Chinese’s family integration to the US gives an excellent representation of each of these people.’
Director: Alice Wu
Cast: Leah Lewis, Alexxis Lemire, Daniel Diemer, Colin Chou & Cathrine Curtin
Plot Synopsis: When smart (but cash-strapped) teen Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn’t expect to become his friend – or fall for his crush.
I loved this film, as it touches on current issues throughout certain places in the world regarding whether or not homosexuality is considered a “sin” and the state of minds people have regarding this topic. Also, the way in which it explores friendship, love and sexuality, as well as the representations of a Chinese’s family integration to the US gives an excellent representation of each of these people. In modern day movies and TV shows, the representation of different sexualities is usually only short lived or underdeveloped. So it was truly extraordinary to have this representation of the character of Ellie Chu struggling and exploring her sexuality, and the fact that she is one of the main characters is amazing because we see such a strong representation in a main character. This is just so beautiful to see as it is a role that in some aspects has suffered from under-representation.
The ending was a bit underwhelming, but it did manage to set it up in order for a possible sequel which would be very interesting to see how the story progresses. The performances of the main three characters who are in the love triangle – Leah Lewis, Alexxis Lemire and Daniel Diemer – were very interesting to watch and the dynamics of these three actors interactions with each other really helped to make this film as good as it is. Another aspect of the film that caught my eye was the scenery and the chosen filming locations; they were truly superb and the camera work used to capture these really helped to enhance the true beauty of the whole feel that the film gives off making us normalise the film, as if it’s almost like an ordinary town. This film is very educational, in a low key way it doesn’t force you to learn along the way – it manages to do it via the way the story is told, which I find to be really quite an interesting way in going about getting a message across but it was really well done.
The Half Of It is currently available on Netflix and was rated 12 by the BBFC.