Benjamin Maio Mackay
Before I Fall - 3 Stars
A slow start, but once the film establishes its pace it proves an interesting watch.
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 losing.
Initially you think you’re in for a boring, catty teen movie, it takes about twenty minutes for you to understand the point of the opening. What’s really interesting, even though the same day repeats we get different versions of the day, so you don't end up watching the same scene over and over. The writing is clever and insightful, especially for a young adult film.
The acting quality varies, Zoey Deutch is wonderful in the lead and Logan Miller provides a nice contrast. The rest of the teen cast can feel a little over the top. The cinematography is clever, but not innovative and the soundtrack can at times be a little overpowering.
Overall there are definitely strong elements to the film and I enjoyed it, but it could’ve done with a little more refinement.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment