Sometimes going into something knowing next to nothing is a joy. Other times it’s something of a drag. This one falls more on the latter end, but I also say this fully believing it won’t affect each viewer in the way it did me.
2 Hearts (2020) Film Review
The future is bright for 18-year-old Chris (Jacob Elordi). He’s about to head off to college but the one snag in his plans is he doesn’t get into the college his eldest brother goes to. Since it’s him Chris most wishes to impress, it’s a disappointment. However he does end up going with the middle brother to school and were it not for that rejection, he’d have never met Sam (Tiera Skoybye).
Half a world away and years earlier, Jorge (Adam Canto) is another young man. Only he doesn’t have such a bright future. He has just undergone a serious surgery that effects his lungs. His parents have been told through the years that their son wouldn’t have a long life. Yet each year that passes, he defies all of their odds. Then, despite what his tight knit Cuban family expects and the pressures of family business, Jorge meets Leslie (Radha Mitchell).‘2 HEARTS’: A TRUE STORY INSPIRATION THAT’S EMOTIONAL AND MOVING #MOVIES #GOODMOVIE #2HEARTS #JACOBELORDI Click To Tweet
What to say about this film feels like the greatest challenge I’ve had in reviewing for a long time. Even as I look back on a sloppy synopsis I want to say more, but think if ever there was a “less is more” kind of review to write, this is it. I seem to have this knack for being “chill” about not having to see a film the second it’s available. Is there some I really want to see? Sure. However when I pay for multiple streaming services, I don’t see the need to rent a film for $20 a piece when, in all, likelihood, they’ll appear somewhere I already pay for. This is true of 2 Hearts which did in fact show up.
Based on a true story, this film is all kinds of bittersweet. There’s good with the bad, and though a few places could use some smoothing out, the film isn’t a bad way to spend two hours. Some of the script doesn’t seem “whole” and there’s something that could be better about one of the actors, but for the most part, the cast is pretty solid, too. There’s misdirect and heart-tugging moments, and most of all, there’s realism.
If you don’t mind films that are certainly more emotional than cheerful, than 2 Hearts is good. It’s like a diamond in the rough that will impact you in ways you won’t expect.
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You can find 2 Hearts digitally on Amazon Video or at publication, on Netflix.
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Content: there’s nothing terrible in this PG-13 rating. There’s some minor innuendo and a shot of a naked couple in bed (sheets pulled up). There’s lots of making out and the like.
Photos: Universal Studios / Silver Lion Films