It explores the ideas and themes that would inevitably come into question, rather than skirting around them
Teen rom-coms have a terrible habit of utilising awfully cliched scripts, talentless budding actors with ‘good looks’ and some of the most moronic plot lines film has ever seen. Every Day should slide effortlessly into each and every one of those categories. Except, it doesn’t. It offers a very refreshing take on a deeply personal and original story.
Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) skips a day of school with her boyfriend Justin (Justice Smith) to travel into Baltimore for the day. He is in a strange and open mood, with the pair connecting unlike they have before. Little does Rhiannon know, Justin’s body is possessed by a being called ‘A’, but just for one day. A day that will change her life forever.
Every Day is completely made by its cast. The continuous change of actors playing ‘A’ gives the film a powerful sense of difference, and each one of them brings the role something new without seeming unfamiliar from the role. The praise naturally goes in part to the actors but the writing behind the role has to be applauded for its consistency.
The soundtrack is emotional, with a real taste for changing the mood, and even the direction offers some new style to the genre. But it is the story which gives the most originality to Every Day. It explores the ideas and themes that would inevitably come into question, rather than skirting around them, which for a teen drama is starkly invigorating.
At times, it suffers from small-mindedness and feels slightly too compact, but ultimately it is a very good production, with a great young cast. Every Day shows that even semi-predictable story lines can be great when they are executed properly.
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