The Half Of It (Netflix)
Starring Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, and Collin Chou
Directed by Alice Wu
Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain plays an important in Chinese-American director Alice Wu’s sophomore film—some of you must have seen her dishy debut film Saving Face—The Half Of It,which is a surprisingly warm and wonderful view of teen angst .
In the film the 17-year old Chinese American protagonist Ellie Chu(Leah Lewis,a delightful discovery) and her pal Paul(Daniel Diemer) watch Siddharth Malhotra run after the train carrying a sobbing Shradha Kapoor away in Ek Villain. At the end of the film they enact the same situation though not as parody but an affirmation that life often imitates art.
And art, this film is. It is a beautiful little gem about three very young people on the threshold of life, in love with one another. But ‘young’ here is not…