It’s been a long time since writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) had a film in theaters — three and a half years, in fact — but THR informs us the helmer is back in Hollywood’s field of vision with a YA adaptation.
The material at hand is Lauren Oliver‘s Before I Fall, a supernatural tale that centers on a high school senior who repeatedly experiences her own death hours before the actual event occurs. Thrown in with this predicting hokum is some romance, unearthed family secrets, and a newly-formed friendship with “a depressed, bullied girl whose life she holds in her hands.” (I will bet anybody $10 in physical cash that this girl holds the secret to her survival.)
Well… at least this post-Hunger Games world is bringing to light some young adult films that aren’t about teenage warriors. Right? Sorry if that’s insubstantial; I only say that as someone who can’t formulate a coherent thought on what, overall, doesn’t sound like a terribly interesting motion picture. Blame it on personal preference. But I’ll place the ball in Fox 2000′s court, because everyone loves a) when I’m proven wrong, and, to a lesser degree, b) stories of premonition. (Unless they star Sandra Bullock. If she’s cast here, no dice.)
Have you read the original book? If so, do you see a strong film emerging from an adaptation?
To begin, a cliché (albeit one that’s true): a great first scene will tell you how to watch the rest of the movie. Not necessarily who is important to the story, or what the major themes will be, but instead rhythms, what to look for in a shot, and ways to interpret meaning (which is […]
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