The poetic struggle of “Chemical Hearts”


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“Chemical Hearts” was a half-hearted attempt at a romance movie, and does not deserve to be in the spotlight.

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Amazon Prime’s new drama “Chemical Hearts” misses the mark and leaves audiences wondering how they spent their last 90 minutes. With words like “Chemical and “Hearts” in the title, viewers know what to expect with the romance.

“Chemical Hearts” is about senior Henry Page (Austin Abrams), who meets new student Grace Town (Lili Reinhart) when she joins the newspaper staff. Henry falls in love with Grace, but she is hiding an emotional secret, which adds tension to their relationship.

The movie is very slow, with the drama heavily packed in the end. Even the drama is mediocre, with nothing that really captivates views. The plot offers little to no originality and lacks suspense with the ups and downs of Henry and Grace’s relationship.

“Chemical Hearts” tries to be angsty and deep by revolving the plot around poetry. In an early scene of “Chemical Hearts,” Grace points out the complexity of poetry, but the movie failed to follow that same idea that it had one of the characters state. The message is basic, obvious, and not worth an entire movie as compared to a short film.

One thing the movie does have going for it is the good chemistry between the actors. They act natural around each other and connect. Also, Reinhart’s role, which is vastly different from her breakout character in Riverdale, is nicely done. Reinhart is able to successfully prove to the audience that she is a versatile actress. 

“Chemical Hearts” missed an opportunity to go deeper into the minds of teenagers with a less direct reveal of the story’s message. It does not leave with viewers in awe or wondering questions about life. For “Chemical Hearts”, it’s enough to see the trailer and not worth the entire watch.