review by Bobby Blakey
Over the years the teen romance genre has exploded with so many novels being brought to the big screen in hopes to be that next big thing. The latest Every Day, based on the novel by David Levithan stars Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Jeni Ross, Lucas Jade Zumann, Jacob Batalon, and Maria Bello brings a sci-fi element to the mix, but does it have anything other than that to help it stand out or would you rather it change to something else?
Every Day follows Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named "A" who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and "A" to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make. I am not typically a fan of these types of films because they usually come off clichéd, but this one seemed to be doing something different so was hoping to get something more out of it.
As a whole the film is fine and does feel a bit fresh with the constant body changing element. Sadly the rest of the film falls into a predicable direction with very little to offer outside of it. Angourie Rice does a good job with trying to connect with the various people that she is meeting. I didn’t feel that there was a lot of connection with most of them, but the ones that really mattered worked. The biggest issue here is that everyone seems to ignore what they are doing to these people lives that are left behind. I know that isn’t supposed to be the focal point, but they make the point to deal with it in some cases and just ignore others. It just felt slow paced and began to feel repetitive while not really bringing anything new to the story.
The film is interesting and has some interesting direction, but I felt they should have had fewer people for her to interact with and allowed us to get more invested with each individual and what all goes into the change for that day. This would have not only given the film more depth, but also made us care more about the all of the varying characters as opposed to just a select few. While it didn’t fully work for me that doesn’t mean it’s bad. I still enjoyed it way more than I thought I might, so decide for yourself and check it out when Every Day hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 5th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.