I am not a critic and nor would I ever want to be. It’s so odd to me as I sit around people who are critics and they have a million things to say and I just wonder if we watched the same thing. I didn’t see things the same way they did. I didn’t pick up the same highs and lows.
I wondered if they listened to the same message I did.
Stop for a second and look around you. What do you see?
Is it a life well lived? Is it a life that you have existed through? What will you be remembered for? Hopefully it’s something extraordinary.
Hopefully it’s something that made a difference.
For me, Before I Fall, was a movie that made a difference – that will make a difference. It got me to laugh, to think, to cry, and to wonder about what I will be remembered for and knowing that I have the chance now to make that difference.
High school is a bitch man. It truly is and if we’re looking at the real big biotches – it would be the group that Samantha is in. Her friends have some serious mean girl issues. They are the popular girls and they are “doing high school right.” They go to the “sickest parties, the kiss the hot boys.” But somewhere a long the way they became judge and jury of the people around them.
So, there is a girl named Juliette – who to be honest, the are flat out cruel to. Like I wanted to jump through the screen and smack them. I won’t tell you what they do to her – cause you need to watch it to see. It’s the way it all blends together – the way that every decision has a consequence that you need to pay attention to.
But that’s part of the story – with in the big story. Samantha is living the same day over and over. She’s trying to find a way for it to stop, but it takes awhile for her to realize what she has to do.
I will admit – I haven’t read the book in quite sometime – so Before I Fall felt new to me. The repeat of days, the same things happening over and over again – that didn’t phase me.
What drew me in was Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Medalion Rahimi, and Cynthy Wu. Their friendship, the way they all feed off each other, that my friends – is chemistry. All chemistry doesn’t have to be romantic. You bought everything that they did, said, and meant to eachother.
Now, lets break it down a little more.
I remember when Beautiful Creatures was coming out, I got to interview Zoey Deutch a lot. She’s one of the kindest, most down to earth, humble people I have ever met. She seems effortless – like she’s just perfection and it comes so easy to her. There have been quite a few movies since then and Zoey has been great in them. In Before I Fall, I forgot she was Zoey Deutch and believed that she was Samantha Kingston. Zoey proves time and time again that she stands on her own, that she’s true talent. She’s going places and 50 years from now – if she still wants to be in Hollywood, we’ll still be talking about her.
THE SUPPORTING CAST
Sometimes you watch thing and you wonder how someone got away with casting that movie. But the thing is – every person in the cast of Before I Fall belongs together. Their chemistry flies off the screen and hits you in the face.
Halston Sage, Medalion Rahimi, and Cynthy Wu are just as great as Zoey Deutch. Their friendship on the screen – besides the really mean parts – is the kind we all wanted. Hell, still want.
And then there is Logan Miller. Just proves guys – we all needed to pay attention to the “nerdy” guy, cause they are the best.
And then there is Elena Kampouris, who plays Juliette. She made me want to call everyone that I have ever been mean to and apologize to them.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Highschool is a mine field and I get it – people say that it’s a blip on the radar – but for some people it is the hardest time of their lives. This movie reminds you to look at what you are doing and saying. It affects people. It hurts people. It’s free to be kind.
SEEING WHO A PERSON REALLY IS
I get it – we all try and be the person we think that the world wants us to be, but you really should be yourself. Someone in the world is going to see it. Be you.
THE THREE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE MOVIE
- The Cast and their ability to make you feel like these characters are alive.
- The Cinematography
- The writing – it really makes you think and reminds you – you never know what another person is going through, but kindness is free, so share it widely.
Would I suggest this movie? If you like YA movies, if you like emotional movie, if you like movies that pack a punch – this is it. Before I Fall is a YA movie done right – it reminds you to live, love, and at every moment you can make a difference.
It’s a movie we won’t soon forget.
Before I Fall is in theaters March 1st.
SYNOPSIS: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.