Even if we should probably blame here the original book (sold to millions of copies around the world) for the lack of originality of its frame, The fact remains that After is a banal film that too often revels in its sweetened stupor.
I imagine that all generations are entitled to their Elle has everything for her or their Twilight. You know these films that you watch with perplexity and a hint of indignation when you’re not old enough to hang out at night, on sleepy streets, with beer cans in plastic bags. After is exactly the kind of film that cannot be enjoyed with adult eyes. He understands far too many clichés, inconsistencies and gamineries to join the Cartesian spirit of a mature person. Which is probably why seniors left the room before the screening was over today….
There will even be, within this scenario, that moviegoers born before the 2000s will have seen hundreds of times, shocking situations so predictable and implausible. There is this scene where the boy takes the girl to his “favorite place in the world”, the one where lovers enter a forbidden place and even the one where he indulges in an awkward game of “Truth or Consequence” between friends.Even if we should probably blame here the original book (sold to millions of copies around the world) for the lack of originality of its frame, The fact remains that After is a banal film that too often revels in its sweetened stupor.
Because it must be said, After treats the awakening of sexuality with less modesty than many others before him. This is why the comparison to Fifty Shades of Grey is frequently used. Of course, we are not talking about deviant sexuality like the one practiced by billionaire Christian Grey, but more of an ingenuous sensuality between two inexperienced young adults. The scenes of intimacy are well shot and reveal enough to not become displaced. We imagine that the author of the original novel could afford to be more explicit in writing. Eroticism in literature or in cinema are two very distinct things.
Hero Fiennes Tiffin, who we saw in Harry Potter 10 years ago, and Josephine Langford are not a credible couple. The rebellious with a tender heart and the bibliophile eager for new experiences live a monotonous idyll, which one would like to make us believe passionate and inhabited. It is still nice to see Selma Blair, who was once the star of a film of the same kind (Cruel Intention), play here the mother protector. The wheel is spinning.
We tried to put on our teenager glasses to watch this film, but after a while, after too much contradictions and stereotypes, we could not stop ourselves from removing them to let the adult judge. I still have as much happiness listening to 10 things that I hate about you today as I did 20 years ago (outch!). And, I think if After had lived up to it, he would have convinced me, which he didn’t.