Before I Fall (2017) - Movie Review

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

poster for Before I Fall

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. (IMDB)
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Released: March 3, 2017
Directed by: Ry Russo-Young
Written by: Maria Maggenti (screenplay by), Lauren Oliver (based on the novel by)
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi, Logan Miller

Lauren Oliver is one of my favorite authors, so you would think that finding out that one of her books was going to be adapted into a movie would make me excited. However, due to previous attempts at portraying her works on film, I was actually left more skeptical instead (the pilot for the planned television series based on Delirium was an absolutely disgusting mess).

Thankfully, though, this time things were done right. The movie stayed true to the book with minimal changes/cut-out parts. There were some scenes that I wish they had spent more time on, specifically when Sam hangs out with her little sister, but the areas that they did cut down or completely eliminated did not take away from the main story. I was quite impressed that pretty much all of the characters were exactly how I pictured them. This very rarely happens in book-to-film adaptations. There were a few scenes that came off a bit too forced or stereotypically teen-movieish, but for the most part, the acting was pretty good. Something that really stood out to me was the soundtrack. It was packed full of artists and songs that I absolutely adore, but it was not the kind of music I was expecting to be paired with this story. Somehow they fit perfectly, though. Regardless of everything that was done right, it did feel like the movie was lacking something. For me, it was not nearly as impactful as the book was. Did I feel that way because I already knew how it was going to end? Possibly.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆7/10