‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ fails to shine

New movie impresses with celestial aesthetics, disappoints through dialogue and plot


Watercolor art painted by Ashten Asimos.

The sun may be a star, but this romantic film does not shine.

Inspired by the novel written by Nicolo Yoon, “The Sun Is Also a Star” follows two teens as they meet and eventually fall in love, all in the course of one day. Pragmatic Natasha Kingsley, played by “Blackish” star Yara Shahidi, denounces love, stating that she only believes in science. Effortlessly charming Daniel Bae, played by Riverdale hunk Charles Melton, attempts to prove her wrong.

Despite what the metaphoric title alludes, the star-crossed couple’s adventure is not all sunshine. Due to complications in the immigration process, Natasha and her family are unfortunately about to be deported back to Jamaica. While most of the movie focuses on Natasha’s impending fate, Daniel has problems of his own. He longs to be a poet but feels pressured by his immigrant parents to attend Dartmouth and become a doctor. Their unique situations do not sound the most realistic, but Daniel’s struggle with following his dreams still manifested in a cliche light.

With a relatively low rating of 49 percent rating from Rotten Tomatoes, a 5.5/10 from IMDb, and a Metascore of 52%, viewers and critics alike seem to agree that “Also a Star’s” on the nose dialogue and forced chemistry leave something to be desired.

“The Sun Is Also a Star” has plenty of talk of astronomy, however, the only thing out of this world about the young adult film is its stellar cinematography. From the tilted bird’s eye shots of the shimmery NYC to the magnificently hued karaoke scene where Daniel sings the fitting song “Crimson and Clover” to a mesmerized Natasha, cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw slightly redeems the movie’s disappointment through his unique perspective of the big apple.

Although “The Sun Is Also a Star” demonstrates almost all the necessary characteristics to arise as a unique romance film, the dialogue radiates mediocrity. The lead characters’ heads might be in the stars, but the movie itself never left the ground.