REVIEW: “Clouds” Features Solid Soundtrack, Predictable Message

Should you watch the movie “Clouds”?


Emily Smith

Based on the memoir by Laura Sobiech, “Clouds” is a movie about Zach Sobiech, a teenage musician who went viral after uploading a song about his own death on YouTube.

The movie begins with Zach, played by Fin Argus, finding out his cancer has become terminal. It follows Zach as he tries to come to terms with the fact he only has months to live and as he attempts to make the most of his time left. He teams up with his best friend, Sammie Brown, played by Sabrina Carpenter, and together they write the song, “Fix Me Up,” and upload it on Youtube. The song goes viral, earning them overnight fame.

Like many films of its genre, “Clouds” tries to pass on to its viewers that “you don’t have to find out you are dying to start living,” but this message doesn’t hit as hard as it should. The film left me a bit inspired at the end, but overall it just felt like a weak attempt to make a quick buck off the ever-growing interest in tragedies. 

However, the film does do a good job at conveying the emotions presented and representing the complexity of relationships. This is in part thanks to the cast who do a great job at portraying the real people they play, and bringing the songs from Zach Sobiech and Sammy Brown to the big screen.

Another good thing about the film is the music. The covers were great and didn’t lose what made the original songs by Zach Sobiech so good. The soundtrack features the viral hit “Clouds,” an upbeat yet sad song and also the namesake for the movie. 

Ultimately, the film isn’t anywhere near a revolutionary masterpiece, it’s an average film. The acting and music is great, and the film does a great job making you emotional, but the inspiring message the film tries to convey falls short. If you’re looking for a movie to give you a good cry, or hear more about Zach Sobiech’s story, it’s not a bad option; however, I wouldn’t go out of your way to watch it.