I thought that the marketing for this film was super weak, looking like an average young adult melodrama meeting "Groundhog Day", but when it got relatively good reviews at Sundance, I got intrigued. I ended up finding it to be an overall intriguing film.
The premise of the film isn't anything particularly original: it is the repeating day storyline. It offers the same commentary and the same message associated with the trope. It doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the table. Yet, over the course of the film, the protagonist develops to become more sympathetic, making the film an easy watch. The film does start out a bit roughly, with the first iteration of the day being extremely melodramatic and unbelievable. The supporting characters also aren't especially well-written, with none doing much to defy their archetype. There are also a few subplots that I could have done without.
The execution is what impressed me about the film. The nonlinear storyline is done very well. For example, the editing and cinematography are used well to make the structure work. I also really liked the use of color to tell the story of the film, through both the set design and lighting.
Overall, I liked "Before I Fall" even though its writing isn't anything out of the ordinary. However, it is executed far better than is usual for young adult adaptations.
Before I Fall
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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