Main Plot Points:
- Adapted from the best-selling children’s novel by Sally Nicholls, Like most inquisitive boys, 12-year-old Sam (Robbie Kay) wants to know about UFOs, horror movies, ghosts, and girls Ways to Live Forever movie. Sam also has leukemia, and although his mother (Emilia Fox) and father (Ben Chaplin) don’t want him to dwell on it, Sam wants to know everything about his disease and death, a possibility he might face Ways to Live Forever video.
- Together with his best friend, Felix (Alex Etel), he embarks on a “scientific investigation” with questions, observations, evidence, reflections, and lists of all the things he wants to do someday – like breaking a world record, flying in a blimp, kissing a girl for the first time, and experiencing what it’s like to be a teenager Ways to Live Forever film.
What We Thought:
- It’s kind of hard to review a movie like Ways to Live Forever. The movie is about kids dying. If you rip it a part, you sound like an awful human. If you praise it, you sound crazy.
- It’s nowhere as pandering as Emotional Manipulation the Movie aka The Fault in Our Stars. I felt dirty and used after watching that movie. At least with this, this had a story of kids wanting to leave a legacy and being kids.
- It’s a straight forward movie. Sam wants to know about life before he dies. His father doesn’t want to accept any of it. His friend is there along for the journey while he’s also sick.
- You probably won’t know anyone in it. You might be familiar with the source material, but I wasn’t. I guess it’s a good family film, but if you have young kids, you might have to explain why these kids are dying.
- I did like that they let the characters be appropriate despite the fact they were dying. They were interested in things that kids their age would be interested in. Like girls and trying booze and just doing what kids do.
- Ways to Live Forever might be rough for people with sick kids. It is a nice story and it doesn’t try to manipulate you or tug on your heart too much. Watch it with your family.
- Scenes introduced by director Ron Gustavo
- A message from Johns Hopkins University
- Making-of Featurettes
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Robbie Kay
- Alex Etel
- Ben Chaplin
- Emilia Fox
Recommended if You Like:
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Red Band Society