Is it a requisite that young adult romance films have a lead character afflicted with a disease? The Fault In Our Stars and A Walk to Remember starring Shailene Woodley and Mandy Moore respectively are two movies that immediately come to mind. This latest entry in the genre involves a different disease other than cancer. It’s based on a 2006 Japanese film of the same name and known in Japan as Taiyo No Uta.
Midnight Sun is a romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne), sheltered at home since childhood with a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Having only her father Jack (Rob Riggle) for company, Katie’s world opens up after dark when she ventures outside to play her guitar. One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years. As they embark on nightly summer excursions, Katie’s risk to sunlight grows and she’s presented with the gut-wrenching dilemma of whether she can live a normal life with her newfound soul mate.
Premise is interesting. If you had to choose to live your life completely during the day or at night, which would you pick? I’m a night owl so I’m leaning towards the latter. Share your thoughts after watching the trailer below. The Scott Speer-directed film arrives on March 23.
Midnight Sun Movie Trailer