After We Fell, I understand, is the third of four ‘After…’ films, and I haven’t seen either of the first two, so I don’t know how much of a disadvantage I’m at if I don’t see those first.
That said, when looking at films released during the month of October, I’m assuming everything is a horror movie with blood spurting all over the place, but… no, this is an adaptation of a young-adult romantic novel.
So, I’ll see where I get to with this, but it’s not only amusing that if the lead female character, Tessa (Josephine Langford), is holding out for a hero like Bonnie Tyler, then the lead actor’s first name IS actually “Hero”. Also, his character’s first name is “Hardin”. Seriously?!
With watching everyone just constantly shouting at each other in the trailer, with some particularly bad acting from ‘Hero’, maybe it’ll be improved if I treat it like a comedy?
Then again, maybe it’ll be like Eastenders, where you don’t really need to have seen all 6000 of the previous episodes to follow what’s happenng in the latest one, although if you needed a summary, it’s basically: Reg Cox died, and Phil Mitchell shouts at everyone daily – inbetween getting shot, but doing rather better than Mr Cox.
Onto the plot, and Tessa’s Dad comes back into her life after quite a long time, and you can tell it’s been forever, since he’s sporting an unkempt hobo beard, but that’s nothing a quick shower won’t solve.
Hardin takes umbrage against him, but you can already tell he’s an angry young man because he’s got random tattoos all over his arms and neck as if he’s fallen asleep in a nursery, and the kids of higher intellect have drawn all over him. But can they find some common ground?
However, as we see the young couple’s relationship play out, Hardin is such a self-centered and arrogant weasel that I’m amazed she puts up with him, including when he thinks she’s coming on to the waiter in a restaurant, to the point where he practically punches him in the back as he passes.
Add in going for a day out on a boat with friends, and Tessa getting surprised that a woman she meets has a girlfriend and not a boyfriend, people starting fights in bars in a moment’s notice rather than have a sensible conversation, and After We Fell is basically like an extended episode of Beverly Hills 90210, crossed with one of those perfume adverts where they attempt to tell a story.
The sex scenes try to play out as if they’re pretending to be sexy like Fifty Shades Of Grey. Unfortunately, they come across as completely unsexy as… Fifty Shades Of Grey.
And then, Tessa wants to move to Seattle. Will love survive? Will you care?
So, After We Fell is NOT a horror movie, but perhaps it might be improved if Michael Myers was to turn up in a random scene.
I don’t know what people see in this series of books or films, but whatever it is, I’m not seeing it. The biggest offender in all this is Hero Fiennes Tiffin – or whoever cast him – since he couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag.
2022 will see the release of the final film in the quartet, After Ever Happy, which was shot back-to-back with this. I will not be seeing that.
As a side note, IMDB classes the widescreen aspect ratio as 2.39:1, but it doesn’t look quite that wide. I’d say it’s more like 2.20:1.
Thanks to our friends at Amazon Prime Video for the screener prior to release.
After We Fell is on Amazon Prime Video from Friday October 22nd. but the film isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Running time: 98 minutes
Release date: October 22nd 2021
Studio: Amazon Prime Video
Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
Director: Castille Landon
Producers: Mark Canton, Nicolas Chartier, Jonathan Deckter, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Jennifer Gibgot, Aron Levitz, Brian Pitt, Courtney Solomon
Screenplay: Sharon Soboil
Novel: Anna Todd
Music: George Kallis
Tessa: Josephine Langford
Hardin: Hero Fiennes Tiffin
Trish: Louise Lombard
Landon: Chance Perdomo
Ken: Rob Estes
Kimberly: Arielle Kebbel
Christian Vance: Stephen Moyer
Carol: Mira Sorvino
Karen: Frances Turner
Nora: Kiana Madeira
Robert: Carter Jenkins
Richard Young: Atanas Srebrey
Smith: Anton Emil Kotas
Mike: Emmanuel Todorov
Dr. West: Velizar Nikalaev Biney
Bartender: Matthew Hall
Lillian: Angela Sari
Foreboding Guy: Simon Fick
Young Tessa: Samantha Clare Fries
Emery: Aya Ivanova
Minister: Clive Andrew Leview Sawyer
Richard Young: Brian Pitt (uncredited)
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