Not Today!

Name: Every Day
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Year: 2018

When you’re lying in bed at night, have you ever imagined what it would be like to wake up in the morning as someone else?

Well for A this is reality. A is a non-gendered personality and soul who inhabits a new body of a similar age nearby every morning. The only constant between each day is an Instagram account full of selfies – keeping track of all the lives A has lived a day in.

The film starts with A waking up as Justin (Justice Smith), a disrespectful jock and begins his day wanting to not disrupt it at all. The plan was going well until A meets Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), and instantly feels a connection between them and falls deeply in love with her.

Over the next few days, A makes the inhabited bodies run into Rhiannon to keep her close by and shows her that she deserves better and to finally break things off with Justin, who didn’t care too much for her from the start.

Considering a few days of having A in her life changes her mind about her boyfriend. It takes her an even less realistic amount of time to believe that A is, in fact, all the strangers she’s met recently. Trying to convince someone you are a body-swapping entity and that you’re deeply in love with them sounds like an impossible task. However, Rhiannon believed it incredibly quickly, so looked like A had some luck on their side.

The idea behind the film is sweet delivering the message of love transcends appearance. However, even though A inhabits a wide diversity of people throughout the film, it felt like the lengthy scenes were always when the body was a young handsome male. The romantic scenes and the adventures seemed to be focused on the male characters A inhabited like the writers were trying to tick a teen heterosexual box.

The morality of how A impacts the lives of those they inhabit feels over looked and disregarded. As soon as A starts a new morning the lives A left behind seemed irrelevant. The plot point of the past days are usually wrapped up with some simplification and a cheesy song added to the pop soundtrack.

When A and Rhiannon start contemplating the future we are shown a very bland unnecessary flash-forward sequence showing an older version of Rhiannon constantly with different people. The bland grey colouring in this scene was to amplify the sadness Rhiannon’s future would be if she stayed with A.

Another cheap snap-chat looking filter that was used was coloured vignettes – trying to convey the happy memories A had with Rhiannon in different bodies. These effect choices felt random and cheap giving the whole film the same feeling.

The storyline felt slow, with the first half taking forever to end explaining who was A and the connection to Rhiannon. Then when I finally felt the movie was showing it’s full potential and getting somewhere it was near the end.

Reading the description of the film before starting, I was hoping for a more fun and enjoyable film. The thought of the body-swapping love story sounds very cool and unique. But this film didn’t deliver – and much rather I swapped to a different film during it.

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