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Isabela Merced Shines in Film Adaptation of John Green’s ‘Turtles All the Way Down’



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Isabela Merced impresses in her portrayal of Aza Holmes in Max‘s film adaptation of John Green‘s ‘Turtles All the Way Down’. The movie delves deep into the complexities of OCD and mental health, capturing Aza’s inner struggles with authenticity.

In the story, Aza, played by Isabela Merced, navigates high school life with her best friend Daisy, portrayed by Cree. Their adventures take an unexpected turn when local billionaire Russell Pickett goes missing, setting the stage for a poignant coming-of-age narrative.

Set against the backdrop of Northwestern University, Aza’s fixation on microbiology drives her obsessive thoughts and rituals, highlighting the challenges of living with OCD. With a stellar cast including J. Smith-Cameron as Professor Abbott, the film intricately weaves together themes of friendship, first love, and mental wellness.

As Aza and Daisy embark on a quest to find Russell, Aza’s encounters with Davis, played by Felix Mallard, offer a glimpse into her internal turmoil. The movie expertly captures Aza’s thought spirals and anxiety, immersing viewers in the emotional rollercoaster of her journey.

Isabela Merced’s grounded performance as Aza resonates with authenticity, bringing depth to the character’s struggles. The film beautifully portrays the friendship between Aza and Daisy, showcasing the power of genuine connection amidst mental health challenges.

Overall, ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ is a raw and compelling exploration of mental illness, underscored by Merced and Cree’s captivating on-screen chemistry. With a focus on internal battles and personal growth, the movie offers a poignant reflection on the complexities of youth and mental well-being.

Rachel Adams

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