Do you know the feeling when you watch a movie and have so much to say about it? You’re watching something with your friends, and it blows you every ten minutes. Then, finally, the movie ends, and the discussion between you begins, and it lasts for hours? Well, that’s not the case.
‘After We Fell’ (directed by: Castille Landon) is the third movie from the ‘After’ collection and is just as disappointing as the previous ones. There is no action! Of course, besides Hardin’s (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin) anger episodes, when he shouts and wants to punch everything around him. There is no point in trying to understand this movie or finding its deeper meaning because there is none.
‘After’ originally was a fanfiction about Harry Styles written by Anna Todd. The books achieved great popularity globally, so it was a matter of time when they would make a movie. It was fanfiction, so we shouldn’t be expecting too much. It probably gained popularity thanks to Harry Styles and all the scenes of arguing between the main characters, who would then make up through ‘rough’ sex. The main target was young girls who dream of finding a bad boy who would change for them. So it had to be a hit. Even though it is poorly written, boring, and the dramas come from nothing, just to disappear after.
So nobody can blame producers for making it into a movie. Undoubtedly they made a lot of money, even though reviews are shockingly bad, and on most websites, the films have got like one or two stars maximum because it is bad.
Nothing happens in them. I spend over an hour of my life watching ‘After We Fell,’ to see Tessa (Josephine Langford) thinking of going to Seattle, then actually going there, and thinking about how bad Hardin is for her, but how much she loves him. Another half is him being just a ‘bad boy,’ arguing with everyone around, and being mad at everything. Can this man just, I don’t know, enjoy something a little bit? He says Tessa has changed him and is the love of his life, but somehow the only thing he seems to enjoy is having sex with her.
When ‘After’ first came out, critics described it as ’50 Shades of Grey’ for teenagers. I mean, with the amount of sex we have got in books, I’m not surprised. But if you ever read these books, you will now, it’s not. And for some reason, sex scenes in ‘After We Fell’ made me cringe. There is something about them that just doesn’t feel right. Definitely, their foreplay is something that would rather bore me than get excited.
But it’s all about actors and their talents. There are not enough emotions! Whatever they do, they always look and behave the same. There is no difference between when they get mad, sad, or are happy. Even during sex, there is no change.
Of course, besides all of these, we get a few other problems they face. At the end of the second movie, we see Tessa’s father (Atanas Srebrev), and we meet him again at the beginning of ‘After We Fell.’ He is kind of a stranger to her because they haven’t been in touch for years, as he was an alcoholic. But here he comes, and it seems like there is nothing wrong between them. It’s just a normal father-daughter relationship. Nobody asks the second one of the last ten years of their lives. They don’t discuss their future or options for how to get to know or help each other. He just comes in, stays a couple of nights, and then leaves. He keeps saying he wants to be better for his daughter, but that’s it. We don’t get to see him even trying.
There is also Hardin’s family. His father (Rob Estes) takes them for a weekend away, but of course, it doesn’t change anything in the story. His mother (Louis Lombard), on the other hand, is getting married, but at the end of the movie, Hardin finds out the truth about her. While it could be a good part of the movie, they just put it in the end. I know cliff-hangers are good but in the tv shows, not movies! Fans don’t want to wait another two years to see how the main character deals with everything. Especially to be disappointed because his problem will last ten minutes in the following movie. No.
All the most important things happen at the end of the movie. Seriously, maybe the last 20 minutes of it was a little bit more interesting than the rest. The film would be much more interesting if the problems appeared in its middle, and viewers would see how characters deal with them.
Summing up, it’s a poor movie. Nothing interesting happens, and don’t expect fantastic acting. However, it could get one extra star for the music, as it features songs like: ‘Love Me Land’ by Zara Larsson and ‘I’ll Make You Love Me’ by Kat Leon.
‘After We Fell’ is available to watch on Amazon Prime now.
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