So recently Lauren Oliver’s ‘Before I Fall’ was made into a movie. I’ve been wanting to see it for ages, pretty much since I found out it was going to be a thing.
It is available on Netflix (UK) now and even if you haven’t read the book (a compelling read) it’s definitely worth the watch!
The story follows a teenage girl called Samantha. Samantha argues with her parents, her sister, makes fun out of the kids at school alongside her best friend and then dies. (Spoiler alert). Except not so much, because she wakes up in her bed again, reliving the same day.
This repition makes Sam see her life and behaviour in a new way, reliving the same day over and over until she finally gets it right. Think ‘Goundhog day’ with more teen drama and death.
“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it.”
As far as teen book to Tv adaptions go, this is probably one of the best, alongside Perks of Being a Wallflower, that sort of league.
It stayed true to the book in most places and though the story is about one repeating day, the movie/plot didn’t grow boring at any point. The acting in it was really good and well cast, which is not always the case with adaptions. I love Zoey Deutch (Samantha) and she did a great job, as did her supporting characters.
Juliet was very creepy and my favourite scene is her one at the very end.
Overall, a good adaption, well cast and well written script and good acting. Let’s hope for more adaptions like this!!
Have you read or watched Before I Fall? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!