Chemical Hearts movie review: Starring Lili Reinhart and Austin Abrams as teen lovers, the new Amazon Prime film is here to provide chicken soup for the romantic soul.
Director – Richard Tanne
Cast – Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams
Chemical Heart is a film about impermanence, the complexities of human emotions and the same desire to make sense of the mess. As far as high school melodrama-go, it was one of the best in many years – a film that does not see the teenage experience with derision, and dare to call Spike Lee.
There was a time, not so long ago, when Hollywood, watch Twilight mint millions and decided that his success signaled a new dawn for young adult films. And so throw everything at the wall, hoping that something – it does not really matter what – stick. You’d be surprised how much potential franchises YES abandoned after the first installment, especially since the audience – teenage audience somewhat obsessive, remember – think that cheating on his first love was not something I wanted to do.
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And, while some franchises like Twilight and The Hunger Games survived, the most memorable films of this Golden Age of YES – movement in American filmmaking that I am happy to have witnessed exactly at the right time – the independent drama based on the book. As The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, The Spectacular Now, me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Perks of Being a Wallflower – all personal favorites – Heart of Chemistry, the new teen movie out on Amazon Prime Video, also offers a thoughtful take on young volatility. And as each film, he has a tremendous affection for the character.
How often do we see the filmmaker, which may be in the 40s, tried to calm the younger audience in the most superficial way possible? There is no greater perpetrators of this crime in recent months from Imtiaz Ali, who with Love Aaj Kal diminish the emotional truth of an entire generation for hashtags and overreliance on mobile applications. At no point in Chemistry, liver performs director Richard Tanne, who made a terrific movie Barack Obama Southside with you, pretending to be a teenager himself. He looked at the characters not to vote – like most children, they tend to do stupid things – but with empathy and sincerity.
Austin Abrams and Lili Reinhart in the still of Chemical Hearts.
So much of what happens in the second film Henry Page and Grace City – referred to as the only character in the film can be – basically goes to them for the first time. You watch as they struggle to understand their feelings, emptiness heartbreak and euphoria of first love. You watch as they learn to appreciate the role they play in each other’s lives – when offers of support, but more importantly, when to leave the others alone.
And both Henry (Austin Abrams, did their best impression Timothee Chalamet) and Grace (a really KO Lili Reinhart) not sure what they feel for each other. He cripplingly not versed in matters of the heart; so it is not surprising that he fell head over heels in love with Grace, which he revealed in an elegant scene directed, are victims of trauma. Many of the film is devoted to her personal growth.
When she gave herself to him, she was consumed by guilt which is very large, the emotions he recognizes all too well, but not quite like this. He did not know that guilt – feeling very primal – could take, form yet equally intense as drastically different. For comparison, Henry crushes positive feel childish. Mere moments after meeting him for the first time, he adopted Grace favorite poems and songs themselves. And shortly after that, he began to follow him – both on the Internet and IRL.
But these scenes are designed to highlight the vast chasm of emotional maturity that Henry must leapfrog across to understand Grace’s deliciously dark, and considerably more evolved mind. It is a mind consumed by the idea of death — not in a morbid way, but more out of curiosity. She has come close to it, and it has changed her perspective on life. Henry’s understanding of the world, having been born in a happy household, is based on what he has read, and not on what he has experienced.
I was also delighted to observe that the film has no time for technology. It’s very old fashioned that way. When Grace doesn’t respond to Henry’s texts all day, he doesn’t immediately launch an online investigation into her whereabouts — like any real romantic hero, he sprints to her house.
Chemical Hearts is a wonderful throwback to a very specific era in filmmaking — the late 2000s — an era in which romantic movies were defined by navel-gazing soundtracks and dreamy visuals; overly dramatic kids at the opposite ends of the economic spectrum and quirky best friends. It’s the cheapest form of time travel currently available.
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