Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar from 16th October
As you hit play, Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus) tells us about our privilege. Our privilege of having mediocre days and years in hopes that we will make the next one better. We meet Zach after a round of chemotherapy singing for his school. Based on a true story, Clouds is about Zach Sobiech who has osteosarcoma and only has six months to live and he wants to make the best out of it. He writes a song with his best friend and songwriting partner Sammy (Sabrina Carpenter), which goes viral. While he is getting popular, he also meets and falls in love with Amy (Madison Iseman) and promises her a prom that she wouldn’t forget. Zach lives each day as it might be his last and ends up with his songs being chartbusters.
Not your typical terminal story
We have seen a lot of terminal love stories but this is unlike any of them. We see Zach’s illness taking a toll on his family, on his school, and even on his best friend. We get to see true courage as Zach hobbles to school and still studies earnestly and writes college essays even though he might not get into one. We see Mr. Weaver (Lil Rel Howery) who is Zach’s mentor in the truest sense and has an encyclopedia of quotes aimed to motivate him. There is a lot that is packed into this story that ends up teaching you about the value of life.
Fin Argus holds your attention throughout
Fin Argus has previously worked in series like The Gifted and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He is excellent in Clouds as you see him dealing with his terminal illness. After this movie, we want to see more of him. Sabrina Carpenter gave an amazing performance in the Netflix movie Work It and she is equally charming in this movie. Tom Everett Scott and Neve Campbell as Zach’s parents Rob and Laura show us how difficult it is to deal with a child with a terminal illness. They still keep the family together and prevent Zach from going into deeper holes.
There is no need for over-dramatisation
The movie doesn’t just focus on the highs of Zach’s life but also his lows. We see the moments when he has the inspiration to write a new song and we also see the moments where the thought of his impending death is getting to him and those around him. We see his relationship with his sister and girlfriend undergoing a metamorphosis during the course of this movie.
WATCH OR NOT
You will need a box of tissues by your side while you are watching this movie and yet as the movie ends, you will have a smile on your face. If you love terminal movies that make you appreciate life even more with some amazing soundtracks, this is the movie for you.
Director: Justin Baldoni
Writer: Kara Holde, Casey La Scala, Kara Holden, Patrick Kopka, Laura Sobiech
Cast: Fin Argus, Sabrina Carpenter, Madison Iseman, Lil Rel Howery, Tom Everett Scott, Neve Campbell
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar