Despite a strong cast, including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Christopher Walken, Steve Coogan and Kate McKinnon, this tragic romance never manages to connect Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy or girl gets ill. Boy or girl dies. We all cry, hopefully. The beats of the terminal romance movie have grown so familiar that there’s almost something quite comforting about watching someone slowly die in front of their other half. The regurgitation of cliches can often result in a genuinely affecting tale of unconditional love but more often that not it feels a tad too recycled, the heartstring-pulling coming off as heartlessly mechanical, the tears failing to flow as directed.
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