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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Life in a Year (2020)

What is it about? 

Daryn is an ambitious High School student in pursuit of a Harvard acceptance when he finds out that his girlfriend is dying of cancer. He sets out to give her an entire life of milestones in the last year of life that she has left. 

Who is in it? 

Jaden Smith - Daryn

Cara Delevingne - Isabelle 

Favorite Scene: 

[spoiler alert]

Daryn blows his Harvard meeting and ends up getting into a huge confrontation with his overbearing father. 

Favorite Quote: 

"Living isn't easy. But if you can manage to look past your own fears and everyone else's expectations, the reward is your life"


Life in a Year took me by surprise in so many ways. It was an impulse selection and ended up becoming a film that grabbed my undivided attention in the greatest way with a severe pondering hangover. The film carries huge emotions about fear, love, and life. 

The film isn't sappy. It can be a little hokey at times in regard to practicality, but overall, it doesn't ruin the main thread of its message. In the end, regardless, you're left appreciating the journey of both Daryn and Isabelle and most importantly, the beauty and preciousness of life. 

Cara Delevigne was good in the film, but Jaden Smith carries the film. And yes, everything in this movie will bring to light how every move of Jaden on screen reminds you of his dad. 

Grade: 3/5

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