We go to the movies for many reasons - but more than anything I think, even subconsciously, we go to feel something. Joy, pain, but more often than not we turn to them when we need to cry. The sad film sub-genre is something I think we all deeply cling to in our hours of need; we all need to let out a big cry at one point and sometimes a movie will do just the trick. Michael Showalter is hoping to make audiences sob once more after his 2017 crowd-pleaser 'The Big Sick', this time once again taking a true story of illness and turning it into a romantic epic.
'Spoiler Alert' is based on the book 'Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies', a memoir by Michael Ausiello (played here by Jim Parsons, 'The Boys in the Band', 'Hidden Figures', TV's 'The Big Bang Theory'). The memoir details his 13-year relationship with Kit Cowan (Ben Aldridge, 'Knock at the Cabin', TV's 'Fleabag') who passed away from cancer. His story doesn't shy away from the hardships of being with someone who is dying but also the struggles of being in a relationship, the temptations you can face and the hardships many queer couples face.
Like Showalter's previous film 'The Big Sick', 'Spoiler Alert' is another absolute knockout. Even with the film being very upfront with the fact Kit will pass away, you can't help but be swept up in their love story - only to have your heart ripped out of your chest when what we know is coming comes. Both Parsons and Aldridge give career-defining performances. I was hesitant to see Parsons as a romantic lead but those fears quickly faded away; he completely sucks you in as the heart of the film and you feel absolutely everything he goes through.
Even with the film being very upfront with the fact Kit will pass away, you can't help but be swept up in their love story - only to have your heart ripped out of your chest when what we know is coming comes.
Michael works for TV Guide which leads to a lot of fun things, including looking back at television in the 2000s. But one of the more creative aspects of the film is whenever Michael talks about his childhood, the flashback sequences are in the form of a sitcom. I absolutely adored this creative touch, and it elevated an already amazing film to an incredible one.
It doesn't get much better than 'Spoiler Alert'; it's the ultimate romantic package. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love, all aided by brilliant performances, a fantastic script and a touching story. 'Spoiler Alert' is my new need-to-cry film. I can't speak highly enough about it, so run out and fall in love with 'Spoiler Alert'.