THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
By Chris Dugopolski
What a terrific travel film for New York City. This is the best I can say for a movie that runs way too long for its simple thin plot. There is some beautiful photography of the city obviously taken from a helicopter and dreamy background music to go along with the photography. I had a difficult time staying awake.
The story is a simple one. The Kingsley family from Jamaica are spending their last day in New York before being deported. Natasha, played by Yara Shahidi, is making a last-ditch effort by contacting an immigration lawyer, played by, John Leguizamo, a bright spot in this otherwise boring movie. For some odd reason Mr. Leguizamo is not listed on the cast on the IMBD website. On her way to the lawyer she meets Daniel Bae, played by Charles Melton, who already has decided she is to fall in love with him.
The rest of the movie is the two spending the rest of the day in New York. And what an amazing New York it is. There are no lines anywhere and it apparently does not cost anything to see a show at the planetarium or ride on a gondola to Roosevelt Island. They fall asleep in a park. No problems and they wake up refreshed enough to go on their individual interviews.
It is based on the book by Nicola Yoon, with the screenplay written by Tracy Oliver. The film is directed by Russo-Young.
This movie is not worth the price of admission.