Music has healing energy and can make the most dire of circumstances endurable. But, when you are facing a terminal illness even music can’t change the outcome. Imagine being a high school senior knowing you will never make it college, get married, have a family or put a dent in your bucket list. On the bright side, you get to decide what matters most, what your pain is going to look like, while not getting caught up in the superficial things most humans beings focus on in life.
In CLOUDS, Zach Zobiech (Fin Argus) discovers his cancer has spread leaving him just a few months to live and a family willing to do anything to make his life just that…a life worth living no matter how short the time is left. It doesn’t hurt that his best friend Sammy (Sabrina Carpenter) and girlfriend Amy (Madison Iseman) are ride and die as well. However, Sammy’s feelings for Zach extend beyond friendship, yet she unselfishly pushes him toward Amy because that what someone does that loves you unconditionally.
Based on the book “Fly A Little Higher,” Director Justin Baldoni lovingly provides a family drama that beautifully executes how a family works together to navigate through one of the most difficult chapters in all their lives.
With limited time, Zach follows his dream of becoming a chart topping musician and makes an album, unaware it will soon be a viral music phenomenon. Imagine being in a stadium or auditorium full of fans singing your lyrics back to you and what an amazing feeling that must be taking into your final chapter on this planet.
Fin Argus takes a role and character that could easily be one note and gives him depth, substance and a brevity that allows the audience to resonate with him on all levels. It truly is a joy to behold. Sabrina Carpenter takes you right back to that time you crushed on someone hard, but didn’t know quite how to tell them if you ever do and breaks your heart in a million pieces during the process. All the while knowing that the day will soon come that she will ultimately lose her best friend.
CLOUDS will remind everyone there is always a silver lining no matter how difficult or dire the circumstance. Living during a time where globally navigating life during a pandemic should also be a stark reminder tomorrow is not promised and today should be lived like with verve, joy and purpose. Cherish and honor those you love. Most of all cherish yourself and honor your life the best way you can.