Review: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

By 9/08/2023 10:37:00 AM

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe has opened in theaters and highlights a unique friendship that leads to self-discovery.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

My Review

Based on Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s YA novel, the film "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" centers on the friendship between two Mexican-American teenagers who explore a new, unusual friendship.

Overall the movie is a sweet peek into being inspired by a friendship to discover yourself and a different form of love. While there is the usual teen angst and family dynamics, how both Aristotle and Dante deal with overcoming and figuring out feelings and actions during this stage of their life, is something everyone can relate to. And be touched by.

A good movie choice for families who want to watch something different but still heartfelt.

To celebrate the release, I received a cool #AristotleAndDanteUnboxing package that inlcuded a mini poster, a serape blanket, a book, sneaker keychains and more.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Resentful at the world, 15-year-old Aristotle Mendoza wants to blend in and be left alone, but the summer he meets free spirit Dante Quintana at the local swimming pool, everything changes.

Dante is everything Ari isn't, and his wanderlust for life and artistic spirit shake something loose in Ari; Finally, he has a friend. A near magical being, Dante disrupts Aristotle's world, introducing him to music, poetry, and lessons about the sky.

Dante gives Aristotle permission to live in an ever expansive universe, making it harder and harder for him to maintain the façade of isolation that has protected him for so long. Their summer of adventure comes to an abrupt halt when the boys are torn apart.

Armed with a new perspective, Aristotle uses Dante's absence to understand who he wants to be in the world. Ari must decide if he is going to live in the world of infinite possibilities that Dante represents.

At first fear holds Aristotle hostage and he retreats into his lonely existence. But Ari soon realizes he can't unsee the world through Dante's eyes. If only he would let go of the secrets he didn't even know he was keeping and embrace the wonders of the universe.

Starring Max Pelayo, Reese Gonzales, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, Veronica Falcon, Kevin Alejandro

Directed and Written by Aitch Alberto
Based on the Novel of the Same Name by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Valerie Stadler, Dylan Sellers, Chris Parker, Ben Odell, Eugenio Derbez
Executive Produced by Zack Schiller, David Boies, Kyra Sedgwick, Meredith Bagby , Aitch Alberto

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