After quite some time I am back with another single movie feature. This time it’s a movie that is centred around a very interesting concept and situation , with some things to ponder on as you watch.
Title:Before I Fall
Country of origin: United States
Language : English
Directed by : Ry Russo-Young
Written by: Maria Maggenti
Based on: ‘Before I Fall’ by Lauren Oliver
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Jennifer Beals, Diego Bonata, Elena Kampouris
Music: Adam Taylor
Cinematography: Michael Fimognari
Released: 3 March 2017
Genre: Teen drama
The story starts with Samantha Kingston who wakes up on February 12, Cupid’s day. She gets ready for school and leaves with her best friends, Lindsay, Ally and Elody.
In class Samantha receives a normal rose with a note from her boyfriend and a rather special, pale colored rose from a boy, Kent. Kent later invites them all to his house for a party.
During lunch, the girls together notice Juliet, an outsider girl who walks alone. They make fun of her and claim she is a wierdo. That night at the party Juliet arrives and Lindsay and the others embarrass her very badly and Juliet runs away.
That night as they are returning, they get into an accident and die. Samantha then wakes up, again, on February 12. Thinking that the accident was a nightmare she gets ready. But she notices that everything is happening just as in the dream. Eventually, she realises she is repeatedly living the same day over and over, and she decides to find out how to stop it.
On the outside, this film looks like the average teen drama. But the twist lies in a girl forced to live the same day over and over. I would give a big thumbs up for the concept and the story , which was adapted from a novel by Lauren Oliver.
Some of you have so much time you can bathe in it. Some waste it. But for some, it’s today that only matters.
Although not directly indicated in the movie, that one single day being repeated over and over is in a way, an underlying message that tells us, it’s only today that matters. The past is gone and irreversible, the future totally unknown. Amongst this, the only thing we can blindly manipulate with difficult choices is our present, that too without knowing how it would affect our future.
Here in this story, we see a girl who gets chances to correct the mistakes and set things right.
Apart from that, the entire film is shown with this slightly Monochrome icy blue filter. Even the clothes the protagonist wore reflected that color scheme. Those subtle changes enhanced the effect of the impending doom she had to face over and over again.
I also liked how the story wrapped into a good ending, one that echos the effects of bullying, especially in school. Bullying is taking such huge changes nowadays, it’s severity affecting facets of people’s lives that were never expected. But now there are many positive changes and I hope a possible end that is being brought onto bullying.
The performances by the actors were good, if not excellent. The characters, especially that of Lindsay was the typical embodiment of the teenage school bully. Her story and how these issues came to be is in a way quite real and relatable to the viewers.
That being said, 99 minutes might seem very short, but with the gentle ebb abd flow of this movie, and with the protagonist rediscovering and realizing things with each repeated day, it is a good watch. It’s not something that might sway any huge emotions in you, but rather, a very comfortable watch with a good storyline.
Maybe I was dead and in hell. Maybe I was alive and in hell. It didn’t matter. Nothing mattered anymore.
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