Many teen romantic dramas follow the dramatic and sometimes funny beginning of an epic romance. There should always be a traditional sweet meeting in it, which develops into a romance, disrupted by many internal and external factors. But in most cases, the central pair is sorted out and comes together. Claire from Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between is all too aware of the turmoil of a high school romance and is determined that her high school sweetheart stays in high school.
Claire (Talia Ryder) is a high school student who has become seriously disillusioned with the concept of a school romance after witnessing the turmoil in her parents’ relationship, which began as school sweethearts. After years of moving and her mother’s numerous affairs, Claire developed a romantic complex. She is determined to be practical and realistic in her high school romance. After a nice meeting with the charismatic Aidan ( Jordan Fisher ) Claire informs him of her intention not to take school novels to college with her. Despite the warning signs that she and Aidan like each other, they date throughout senior year until the approaching term of their relationship becomes a reality. The course of the story follows the two as they go on their last date, which is filled with actions that cause sentimental experiences throughout their time together.
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Aya Edebiri, Talia Ryder, Jordan Fisher and Nico Hiraga in the film “Hello, Goodbye and everything in Between”
The film adaptation of Jennifer E. Smith’s novel of the same name “Hello, goodbye and everything in between” tells about the contradictory emotions that come with young love, and about the difficult path of growing up. Claire and Aidan have an understandable point of view, but as their last night unfolds with all the memories and revelations, Claire’s point of view becomes more grounded. However, there is no side to choose from, as the script by Amy Reed and Ben York Jones offers a sympathetic look at how each of them reacts to this heartbreaking situation. The narrative can easily lose viewers due to teenage melancholy (which is sometimes a little frustrating). However, writing combined with decent execution time seems easy and less intimidating, although this narrative can only do so to hold the audience’s attention.
Fans of Jordan Fisher will be glad to see him in the main romantic role worthy of his natural charisma and charm on the screen. Aidan needs an actor who can effortlessly play a self-confident, somewhat audacious, hopeless romantic without turning into annoying territory, and Fisher copes with this. Thalia Ryder is a bit stiff, like the practical Claire. She has sweet chemistry with Fischer, but there is no strong magnetic bond that could help strengthen why this relationship can or should continue after graduation. These two are given a very cute, intelligent dialogue that has become commonplace in teen movies, but neither of them can make it natural or authentic. There are fleeting moments of romantic comedy magic, but they are few.
Jordan Fisher and Talia Ryder in “Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between”
Michael Levene’s directorial debut is confident and delicate. However, the nature of this story is not exciting. As the courtship period of this novel has moved into the final period, very little can be explored. Emotional peaks seem undeserved, because the audience does not have the full breadth of these relationships to rely on. The narrative is perhaps best conveyed in literary form, because the film adaptation cannot fully reveal the sentimental moments that make up the couple’s last date. There is very little fun to this end, and when Ayo Edebiri and Niko Hiraga (as Stella and Scotty respectively) appear, their energetic presence illuminates the terribly boring essence of the whole story. Perhaps if the chemistry between Fisher and Ryder had been stronger, and the initial stage of their courtship had been built a little more, their final date would have had a more significant impact and viewers would have been more interested in whether they would/would not look at each other. .
Many youth fiction novels hit the big screen, but only a few are suitable for a new environment. Unfortunately, “Hello, goodbye and everything in between” is not among them. It has charm, but it’s frustratingly empty and needs a solid foundation. Although the film is romantic and poignant in places, everything falls apart when it relies on a central couple that lacks intense chemistry and content.