The lasting impact of the movie ‘Clouds’


Julia Carvalho

“Clouds” is available now on the Disney Plus streaming platform.

The movie “Clouds,” based on a true story, made its premiere on Disney Plus on Oct 16. Fin Argus as Zach Sobiech, and Sabrina Carpenter as Sammy Brown, were able to beautifully portray the story of a 17-year-old boy who suffers from a rare form of terminal cancer, called Osteosarcoma. Throughout the movie, the audience is able to see how Zach uses his passion for music to say farewell to his family and friends.

Justin Baldoni, the director of “Clouds,” worked closely with Zach Sobiech as he was filming the documentary “My Last Days” in 2013, which is a series that focuses on the lives of people diagnosed with a terminal illness. Baldoni became very close to the Sobiech family during filming and realized Zach’s passion for music. On Zach’s last day, Baldoni made a promise to him, that he was going to make his story and music known to the world. Justin Baldoni was able to fulfill that promise through both the movie “Clouds,” and his documentary series.

In his last months on earth, both in the movie and in real life, Zach didn’t lay around sulking in his tears at the fact that his body was slowly deteriorating, but instead lived his to life to the fullest and dedicated his precious time to making music that would leave a lasting impact on his friends and family forever.

Promotional poster for the movie “Clouds” (Disney)

A major theme represented in the movie is to appreciate life more, as it can be taken away at any moment. Zach Sobiech once said, ‘you don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.’

Many were impacted and inspired by this movie, including junior Adriana Padilla.

“You should be careful about what you say about others, because you never know what someone is going through,” Padilla explained.

Zach’s family worked alongside Baldoni as he was directing this movie, and is even featured in some of the scenes. The casting for this movie accurately depicts his real life family, including Fin Argus in the lead role who is able to accurately depict Zach’s emotions as he was battling Osteosarcoma.

One of Zach’s most famous song’s is called “Clouds,” and in the chorus he sings ‘and we’ll go up up up, but I’ll fly a little higher, go up in the clouds cause the view is a little nicer.’ Zach accepted his cancer, not as a sign of defeat, but as inspiration for his music. He used his music to shine a light on his devastating illness and helped create the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, where all the proceeds go to research for finding a cure.

“Clouds,” is available on Disney Plus, so be sure to check it out if you have access to it. Warning, this movie will make you cry, so grab your tissues and blankets, and enjoy this beautiful and inspirational movie.