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'The Half of It' is a 2020 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Alice Wu. It stars Leah Lewis as Ellie Chu, a shy, introvert, and a loner who earns extra money by writing her classmates' essays. She is approached by Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer), an inarticulate football player, to write a love letter to a girl named Aster Flores. In the process of helping out Paul to write love letters, Ellie gets sucked into developing feelings for the girl herself.
This movie silently represents many issues currently occurring in the world. Some of the issues include arguing about whether homosexuality is a sin, how immigrants are treated, bullying, and the struggle for self-acceptance. The movie represents a unique dimension of love, and the characters' arcs develop along with the storyline, and the aspects of love and friendship are showcased beautifully. The thing I liked about this movie is that all the characters had a story to tell, and a personality to show. Moreover, the idea of this movie was to portray love from different perspectives, but it still felt like the story was progressing slowly. The actors did a good job and I think Leah Lewis was very much suited for her role.
A love triangle is often very interesting but this movie has a lot to offer beyond it. The outcome that all three characters ended up having, made me gleeful. If you are in search of a movie that will walk you through the path of dynamic love, then “The Half of it” is the movie for you.
“Love isn’t patient and kind and humble.
Love is messy and horrible and selfish and bold.
It’s not finding your perfect half.
It’s the trying and the reaching and failing.
Love is being willing to ruin your good painting
For the chance at a great one.”
-Ellie Chu (The Half of it)
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