Chemical Hearts is on Amazon Prime this weekend and it brings a healthy dose of teenage angst and melodrama to the screen.
Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart is transfer student Grace, whose mysterious style draws the attention of senior Henry (Austin Abrams). Both teens are named co-editor of the high school paper and brings them into each other’s orbit. Henry discovers that Grace has a tragic past that continues to cause her anguish.
Admittedly, there is not a lot original here. We have seen other movies handle most of this subject matter. However, the two leads, Abrams and Reinhart, have a ton of chemistry and bring a distinct rooting quality to the pairing. Both actors do a fine job and carry much of the story and the script on their shoulders.
The pacing of this film is excellent. The film has a short 93 minutes, but nothing feels wasted. There are some side characters that do not receive much development and play a part in the final scene. That did not feel earned.
Overall, Chemical Hearts is a good, albeit, familiar movie with two excellent young actors in the lead roles. The success of this movie is squarely on their shoulders and they handle the melodrama of the script in a fine manner.