Movie Review: Before I Fall

  Hello all! How was your weekend?

Lol, I spent mine crying in the back of movie theaters. 😥 Prepare yourselves for a 3 part movie fest of feels.

Grab some chocolate cake, and we’ll dive right in to the first of the 3 movies I saw this past weekend (believe it or not, the one in which I cried the least) – Before I Fall! 😀

  Starring: Zoey Deutch (Samantha Kingston), Logan Miller (Kent McFuller), Elena Kampouris (Juliet Sykes), Halston Sage (Lindsay Edgecomb), Cynthy Wu (Ally Harris), Medalion Rahimi (Elody), Kian Lawley (Rob Cokran), Liv Hewson (Anna Cartulo), Erica Tremblay (Izzy Kingston), Nicholas Lea (Dan Kingston), Jennifer Beals (Mrs. Kingston)

Plot (taken from IMDb):

“February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.”

Trailer:

Characters:

Zoey Deutch (Samantha Kingston) – I was surprised how much she grew over the course of the movie. At first I was totally disgusted with her as a character. Her and her 3 friends are total snobby brats. But she really managed to redeem herself in the end, and I ended up liking her more than I thought I could.

Logan Miller (Kent McFuller) – I think I may have liked him more than Sam even. In the few scenes he had I totally loved him. The total sweetheart that has been immediately friend-zoned even though he’s amazing. It doesn’t seem to matter how much of a jerk Sam is to him, he still cares about her and never seems to give up on her. In some scenes, that is more than she deserves, and I seriously feel bad for the guy.

Elena Kampouris (Juliet Sykes) – I felt terrible for this character. She went through A LOT throughout the course of the movie. She was pretty much the most unpopular girl in the entire city, it seemed like. Nobody liked her. She was isolated and made fun of in cruel ways, and she kind of lost it a little. Several scenes involving her left me wanting to punch Lindsay. Except that she’s a highschool kid, so let me amend that to – Lindsay needs grounded for like FOREVER and to possibly go to scared straight. Do they do scared straight anymore? Well they should for Lindsay.

Halston Sage (Lindsay Edgecomb) – She seems to be the leader of the group of friends. A tough girl with a painful home life. I wish they had gotten a little more into her past so I could sympathize with her more, because there were moments in the movie where I flat-out loathed this chick. From what I’m inferring, based on the info I got in the movie, it seems like there’s an underlying reason she became such a massive bully. I don’t know what she needs more – the aforementioned scared straight or just a damn hug. Possibly both.

Cynthy Wu (Ally Harris) – She’s the brainy friend with a wild side. I liked her more than Lindsay.

Medalion Rahimi (Elody) – She’s the silly friend who has already developed a drinking problem in her teens. Lol, I also liked her more than Lindsay.

Kian Lawley (Rob Cokran) – Sam’s boyfriend. Lol, he’s kind of the stereotypical highschool movie jock. Shockingly, I liked Lindsay more than this dude.

Liv Hewson (Anna Cartulo) – Yet another person Lindsay takes her pain out on in the form of bullying.

Erica Tremblay (Izzy Kingston) – I felt so bad for this kid. Almost as bad as I felt for Juliet. This is Sam’s little sister. She’s adorable and a sweetheart, but Sam is totally cruel to her in the beginning for reasons beyond my comprehension.

Nicholas Lea (Dan Kingston) – Sam’s dad, who she is a little cold with for some reason. I wish I had more to go on with the backstory of the parents here too. I don’t understand Sam’s attitude here.

Jennifer Beals (Mrs. Kingston) – Sam’s mom, who she is REALLY cold with for some reason. Again, I need more information to really comment aside from my complete disbelief that Sam gets away with the kind of antics that would have ended in my parents either 1) killing me or 2) taking all electronics from me and grounding me from the outside world for an entire month. And THEN possibly still killing me.

Review:

*sigh*

Whyyyyyyyy?

Why do you do this to me, movie? Why?

This is basically Groundhog Day’s mildly depressing, slightly angsty cousin, and I both love it and hate it at the same time. *ugh* Such mixed feelings on this one!

A big issue I have with this movie is that ALL of the kids in this movie, aside from like 2 (Izzy and Kent) seem to come in only two types: 1) completely damaged, depressed, and hating life and everyone in it, or 2) completely damaged, alcoholic, and such total brats that I had a hard time liking ANY of them for the first 30 minutes of the movie.

I know for a fact that highschool can REALLY suck – I completely hated it myself – but wow. What planet do these kids live on? Where are their parents? How are highschoolers throwing keggers all the time like it’s nothing?

HOW OLD HAVE I BECOME?!?!

^^^^ Me, apparently super old and jaded. ^^^^

And this is how the kids in the movie drank:

The caption that goes with the above picture is: “NOM, NOM, NOM – BEER HAZ ELECTROLYTES!”

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for having drinks with friends, and I know everybody gets a little crazy sometimes. I’m certainly not immune to that – lol, tequila happens. I think my issue is the age of those involved, and that it was portrayed more like a college party, and like an everyday thing, if that makes sense? These kids are all incredibly messed up in different ways, but there are no parents to be found and no responsibility being taken.

This was all really unrelatable to me. Admittedly, I am introverted and super-duper geeky, and also apparently so boring that I bordered on saint-hood in highschool (it was saint-hood or death for me – none of that nail polish line on the floor that mom “isn’t allowed” to cross in her own house stuff), but holy geez. Maybe it’s just me, but these kids seemed out of control.

Lol, perhaps my highschool life is where fun goes to die? All I know is my liver is in tact and I can honestly say I never made anyone want to kill themselves. I’ll count that as a win.

I was surprised that Sam went through such a drastic change throughout the movie. It felt too quick in some ways – the movie description says she only relives the same day for a week. That seems like a really short amount of time to have all these major life epiphanies.

I’m glad she had these epiphanies though – otherwise, I would have spent the whole movie hating the main character and thinking she’s a total brat.

And even though her friends were super brats too – especially Lindsay *ugh* – it was also kind of adorable how close the 4 girls were to each other. They really cared about each other. Even Lindsay, who seemed to have no soul sometimes, genuinely cared in her own twisted way.

Lol, I have a thing about Lindsay, can you tell?

I really do wish I knew more about the character, because I feel like there has to be more to her in order for Sam and the other girls to love her so much, despite her attitude. And there are moments when even I like her a little bit.

There’s a scene at the very end between Lindsay and Sam that makes me want to pick up the book this movie is based on. Even though Lindsay is my least favorite character, it shows that there really is more to her than her crappy attitude and bullying.

I also ended up wondering what else was going on with Juliet. She didn’t deserve the way she was treated, but I thought there might be more to her story too. I wondered, based on what the other kids were saying about her, if she had a mental illness she was fighting too. There was one scene in particular with Juliet and Sam that gave me chills. It was so sad, seeing how hopeless Juliet felt. I don’t agree with how she chose to deal with her pain, but I sympathized with her.

Sam’s growth is what made the movie good, and also what made it painful.

She did so much to make that one day she was reliving a “worthy day,” that even though this movie does not have the type of ending I typically go for, this is one of the rare sad movies that I actually liked.

I do wish Sam had managed to have some sort of intervention for her friends though. The feeling I’m left with is this – after the end of the movie, how does anything change if Sam’s the only one who starts to think differently and treat people better?

In conclusion – here, my favorite part of the entire movie, and a big part of the reason I ended up crying and needing chocolate cake:

My rating for Before I Fall: Not Bad – I have a surprising soft spot for this movie, but it would’ve gotten a higher rating if I liked the main character a little more. This wasn’t like Beastly, where the main character takes a year to think about his life. Sam was there for a week, and nobody else changed at all. The movie does end up being about redemption in a way though, and making things right. I wish the ending had been different, but I get why it went the way it did. Also, all the kids need counseling and a hug. And adults. Check this one out if you like sad movies and teen movies with drama. Lol, I wish I knew a good one to compare it to, but I don’t watch many sad teen movies because they end in crying and chocolate cake and I’m allegedly on a diet. 🙂

Also, I  liked some of the music! 🙂

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My Rating System:

Epic: This movie is so mind-bogglingly awesome that I may go see it twice. This one will have a place of honor on my shelf.

Cash-Worthy: Good stuff. This will most likely find a place on my shelf.

Not Bad: I liked it. I’m glad I saw it, and it may or may not end up on my shelf at some point. I would say rent it first to be safe.

Meh: Rent it first. You may love it or hate it, but I’m indifferent probably because it’s not my type of movie. I’m glad I saw it, but it won’t end up on my shelf.

Emergency Cake: I have an emotional reaction to movies sometimes, especially to tragedies. If a movie makes me sad or angry, sometimes it will stick with me for a while. At these times, only chocolate cake can save me. Chocolate cake makes everything better. No shelf for you. Ever.

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Before I Fall

  1. disperser says:

    You lost me at angst . . . and teenagers . . . and booze . . . and bullies . . . basically, not planning to ever watch this movie. But, that’s probably not a surprise.

    • paigeaddams says:

      Lol, yeah – I liked the premise because it reminded me of Groundhog Day or Edge of Tomorrow, but they kind of lost me too when nearly all the kids were awful, and pretty much ended up staying that way after all’s said and done. I liked the Sam at the end at least, but she was the only one who changed at all, so it felt a little like it was all for nothing. Not a bad movie overall, but Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow are still loads better. 🙂

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