The Sun is Also a Star Is a Romance for Our Troubled Times

On the downside, we’ve got a lot of winter left to slog through before it will finally be spring. But when that fine day does arrive, The Sun is Also a Star, based on the book by Nicola Yoon, will be there waiting. In the meantime, we’ve got the trailer.


Starring Yara Shahidi (as Natasha) and Charles Melton (as Daniel), the film follows the familiar trope of two beautiful people whose blossoming romance has an expiration date imposed by forces outside of their control. But unlike predecessors of the genre (Before Sunrise, Call Me By Your Name), the separation these two face can’t be overcome by simply canceling a plane ticket: Natasha and her family are to be deported from the U.S., despite the fact that Natasha has lived in New York City since she was a child.

Complicating matters is the fact that Natasha claims she “doesn’t believe in love,” which feels like an unnecessary burden on an already fully-realized plot, but fine. Crimson and Clover, a 50 year old song that for some reason is enjoying a major renaissance, is there, too.

Do these two stand a chance at finding eternal love, or will ice—both the kind permanently enveloping Natasha’s heart, and the kind that stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement—get in the way? We’ll have to wait until May to find out.



tbh I will watch it just to see him sing crimson and clover in a little karaoke room all heartfelt and shit. Nothing better than heartfelt karaoke.