Have you ever wondered what you would do if you lived the same day, every day, continuously, on repeat? Would you do anything differently? Would you become somebody you are not to see how people would think and tell everyone how you feel? or would you change who you are for the better?
Before I Fall is focused on Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch), an adolescent going through school, living a normal life with her family and her best friends by her side, until one day she discovers that she is living the same day. Waking up in the same room, with the same alarm and same text messages. No matter how hard she tries to change what is happening to her, she cannot come out of the cycle that she is in until she changes how she treats others and realises what her actions do to people.
You know when you watch a film and you feel like something is missing? That’s what I came away thinking. Zoey Deutch’s performance was convincing and strong throughout, a strong leading role within a confusing story line. I guess director Ry Russo-Young was trying to form some deep, influential meaning. To get audiences to think about what we say to others can be hurtful and how we treat others should be equal, no matter what they look like or do. The whole ‘mean girls’ aspect came in where the four popular girls were ridiculing another girl for being a “psycho”. Personally, I didn’t believe it. I didn’t believe that they, Medalion Rahimi (Elody), Cynthia Wu (Ally Harris) and Halston Sage (Lindsey Edgecomb) were believable actresses, I didn’t believe they truly hated Juliet (Elena Kampouris). As with Samantha’s love interests, Logan Miller (Kent McFuller) played the innocent nice-guy which every girl dismisses because he’s the nice guy. He and Zoey had a great on-screen partnership. Looking at them, I would have never put them together, but seeing them connect, it was a definite match. Kian Lawley (Rob Cokran) played the boyfriend, the handsome jock within the school, every girl’s dream. To be honest, he goes into the ‘unbelievable’ pile, and not in the good sense. He was very loose in his acting and the way he expressed his emotions and feelings towards Samantha was unnatural, a difficult watch. Maybe, he should stick to making entertaining YouTube content.
What I did find pleasant was the colour pallet. The colours used were so defined and made the film look elegant and mysterious. The use of colours to define pinnacle moments was key, using strong reds to display anger and a beige tint to keep the audience thinking what was going on in Samantha’s mind. It kept the film interesting. It might only be something small, but the finest of details make a big difference.
In conclusion, there were strong performances from individuals but the rest were weak. I still believe that something was missing, I can’t put my finger on it but I just know it. The impact wasn’t there for me. In areas, it genuinely felt like a downgraded version of ‘Mean Girls’ but in a bleak, distressed sense. We will never know what Ry, the director was trying to achieve. Has she continued living her life on repeat on that specific day? Let’s hope I don’t have to watch this again tomorrow…