A few years back, my life was about to experience an abrupt ending. Experiencing excruciating painful migraine headaches, the initial diagnosis determined a brain tumor that would ultimately result in my memory being non-existent. Of course, after several doctor visits and opinions, it was agreed there had been a misdiagnosis. After that life-altering experience, I began to think about the people I loved, who loved me and who had abandoned me on both fronts. Live to the fullest right up to my last breath became my new mantra while examining each day I navigate in and how it would begin and end – on my own terms. My one regret is that true love has eluded this current journey. Maybe we’ll find each other in the next lifetime. Hell, everyone goes through life hoping and praying for the stuff fairytales are made of.
Based on the true love story that inspired an entire nation, All My Life follows the journey of a sweet, fun-loving, newly engaged couple Jennifer Carter (Jessica Rothe) and Solomon Chau (Harry Shum Jr.), whose whole future is ahead of them, but when Sol is diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in December, their plans for a summer wedding seem impossible. In a race against time, Jenn and Sol’s friends and family launch an online fundraiser to help the couple create the wedding of their dreams in two weeks, while unleashing an outpour of generosity from people around the world wanting nothing more than to celebrate the power of love alongside these inspiring individuals.
When I tell you I got swept up in the romance and ended up in the ugly cry – I do not exaggerate, It has literally taken weeks for me to suss through my emotions determining how to share my thoughts. First off Harry Shum Jr. and Jessica Rothe crush it thanks to a realistically crafted screenplay from Todd Rosenberg. His words allow us to feel Jenn and Sol’s joy, sorrow and frustration in one fell swoop without one false note while inspiring all who have ever been privy to to this unique love story. All My life is the perfect film to remind us that every second, minute, friendship and experience should be cherished for all the lessons and love they individually and collectively hold. Let me also say that it was refreshing to not see monolithic characters in a bi-racial love story between a man a woman who love each other through the good, the bad and the ugly with all everything that comes along with it. Do yourselves a favor. The next time you think you are having a bad day, remember there is always someone else whose struggle is so much more. Be mindful. Be grateful. Be hopeful and pray that when your true love comes along they are there for the long haul and then some.