Movie title: Before I Fall
Genre: Teen, Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
Initial release: March 3, 2017
Where to watch: Netflix
Warnings: Spoilers Ahead
This movie discusses the topic of bullying and suicide.
Let us go straight to the review. But before that, here is what this movie is about:
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 and over, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s losing.IMDb
The movie has a simple premise that can lead to something with a deeper meaning. But I think it kinda missed its mark.
The overall flow was good. The loop parts are a bit boring except maybe the part when the protagonist Sam (Zoey Deutch), started to see what she needs to do in order to end the loop. The epiphany if you will.
What I think the story messed up a bit was that, yes, Sam was trying to be good. But, she is not really changing anything for the other characters in the story. Case in point is the relationship between Juliet (Elena Kampouris) and Lindsay (Halston Sage).
Yes, she did tell her dear friend Lindsay that she loves her and all that, but what I was hoping for was that, at least, address the bullying part. Not just to Lindsay but to their other friends as well. Instead of telling them oh how much she loves them and what their strengths are. Why not talk to them and make them stop bullying people? Make them see why it’s wrong.
The same goes for Juliet, why didn’t she talk to her earlier? Did she really believe that with that level of depression Juliet has, one single act of kindness would just make things better? You are naive if you think that way.
In the end, it only seems like Sam was just wanting to have a clear conscience before she “FALL” without her considering the aftermath. All that matters to her is how to stop the loop.
Good and entertaining beginning but the ending didn’t do it for me.
The Characters/ Actors
I actually like all the actors and characters in this movie. All of them played their part perfectly and I don’t have any other comments about it.
Overall, I like this movie. I think it is worth the watch, I just wasn’t a fan of what happened in the last 15 minutes of it, but it’s okay. We don’t always get what we want.
This movie actually made me curious about the book version. I think I will add that to my To Buy list the next time I visit a second-hand bookstore. Because I kept seeing a copy of it on sale!
Maybe reading the book might make me understand Sam more.
What about you? What do you think of this movie?
Did you read the book? Do you think I should go ahead and read it?
That is all for now! This is the second book to movie I watched this year… I think. I still want to watch more book-to-movie stuff, maybe it’ll help me with finding the next good read. After all, that is how I found out about one of my favorite books.
As for you, thank you so much for reading. I will hopefully talk to you again this Saturday for a book review.