Disney’s New Film Clouds Reveals An Incredible Story


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Keira Ordonez, Staff Reporter

Clouds, Disney’s new tear-jerking film, released to Disney+ on October 16. This movie follows the real story of Zach Sobiech, a 17-year-old songwriter from Stillwater, Minnesota, who uplifted the world with his viral song “Clouds” in 2013. Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, when he was just 14 years old. A couple years after he found out his cancer was terminal, he, instead of being afraid, decided to leave his mark in his last months through his music. Warning: spoilers ahead.

After doing research and watching the documentary of Zach in his last month, the movie depicts Zach, played by Fin Argus, perfectly as a sweet, funny, uplifting boy. The movie also does a great job with the other main characters such as Zach’s best friend Sammy Brown, played by Sabrina Carpenter, with who he created the band a Firm Handshake. The movie also really showed how close Zach was to his family members, giving each one of their relationships with him perfectly without unnecessary commentary or by forcing it on the audience, but with the great acting brought by the cast.

Another thing viewers enjoyed about the movie was the amazing parallels it had. For example, in one scene, Zach is with his girlfriend Amy when the topic of their future comes up, having kids and getting married. This causes Zach to freak out, screaming how he has nothing to give to Amy- that he is never gonna make it to their future. Then Zach runs away from Amy; the camera panels to his parents who are also fighting about how they have barely spoken, their son is dying, and that Zach’s dad didn’t tell his wife about the surprise car he got for his son. Then Zach’s dad starts screaming and crying, freaking out just like Zach did to Amy, and starts telling his wife how he has nothing to give to her.

Along with beautiful parallels came very heartfelt moments that made most people who have seen this movie cry, such as the pure excitement of Zach and Sammy when they find out they have been signed with one of the biggest music companies out there. Then especially the last conversation shown between Zach and his little sister Grace, who was like his other half as Grace has said in past interviews about Zach’s life. It was just them sitting next to each other and he hands her the TV remote which was so sweet because the first scene of the movie was Zach and Grace fighting over the TV remote. This felt like his way of saying goodbye by showing her she won’t have to fight for the TV remote any longer.

Personally, I loved this movie. It was a little dramatic at times, but it didn’t surpass the true story. I watched this movie with my brother and by the end of it, we both were very emotional, to say the least. It was an amazing movie. I know it will touch most of the audience it reaches from the pure joy in one scene to the amazing parallels in the next and the heart aching