‘All the Bright Places’ is both profound and meaningful

Written By Diana Navarrete, Staff Writer

The Netflix original film “All the Bright Places” captivates lovers of romantic dramas from the beginning to end with its message of true love beating all odds.

Jennifer Niven’s novel, titled with the same name, was the inspiration and basis of the film. Just be advised that sensitive topics such as suicide and grief take place.

This movie is not typical like other romantic dramas. Don’t expect to see a happy ending where two teens have their conflicts, but end up together and live happily ever after. That is not the case in this movie.

It begins with a scene of a typical day. Theodore Finch (Justice Smith) is out on his daily jog. During that jog, he is confronted with a most unexpected scene—a girl on the edge of a bridge looking towards the water.

Finch makes a decision that will begin the whole love story. He decides to take a chance and attempt to convince the girl not to commit suicide.

That girl is Violet Markey (Elle Fanning). Violet is shown as quiet and distant from everyone around her. Violet suffered a tragedy years ago, and the event still torments her along with the fact that she feels that everyone around her has moved on.

Violet is forced to spend time with the eccentric and “weird” boy of the school, Theodore, to finish a senior project of what the students like about their hometown.

Violet finds the project pointless, because for her there is no point of living or good things in life. Violet just strives to be brave and laments her loss.

Theodore persuades Violet to abandon her fears and follow him on a road trip with the excuse that it is for the project.

The whole trip is meant to teach Violet the importance of the small, bright things in life and how everything has meaning.

Theodore tells her to document every experience in a journal along the trip, in order for her to realize that it is important to want to continue living and not lose hope of being happy again.

Along the trip they fall in love with each other, and Violet sees Theodore as her savior and pillar of strength.

That whole image changes when she realizes that although she has opened up to Theodore, he failed to do the same, and remains mysterious. Once Theodore tells her his past, she then knows that she was not the only one that needed to be saved. Theodore saw her as his reason to “stay awake” and continue on.

Not until further in the movie does the audience realize that Theodore also suffers from a type of mental illness. Their love fortifies them, and in the end, it helps Violet find inner peace and teach others what she learned from her relationship.

Even when one might believe that they are the only ones who are suffering, there are others who are suffering the same or greater.

The film is truly profound and raises awareness, as said during the credits: “this film is dedicated to those who have been impacted by mental health concerns, suicide or grief.”