By Alexis Schatten, Section Editor
“Every Day” was, from beginning to end, messy and unorganized. The movie, which was adapted from David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller of the same name, dove straight into its badly put together plot with little explanation of what was happening. Had I not read the book before seeing the movie, I would have been lost throughout the film.
The film revolves around a teenager named A (played by various talent throughout the film) who switches bodies every day. The movie begins with A waking up in the body of Justin (Justice Smith) and subsequently becoming enamored with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon (Angourie Rice). The movie is the story of Rhiannon and A’s attempt at a relationship, despite A’s ever-changing body and location.
At least 20 poorly timed references to the book were shoehorned into the first 10 minutes of the film, and that’s about where the resemblance fades. While the book successfully unpacked this loaded plot, the movie failed miserably. Because there was no real reasoning for A’s changing presented in the film, the film played out awfully, coming across as a cheaply made montage of different scenes that didn’t fit well together and made no sense whatsoever, either separately or as a whole movie.
This montage came to a badly written crescendo about halfway through, with what seemed to be a conclusion, but was ultimately not. This crescendo, which consisted of every scene that had so far taken place flashing across the screen at a slightly faster speed while Rhiannon gave a completely monotone monologue that made no sense with or without context about how she’d fallen in love with A, was more tacky than helpful in the continuation of the plot.
Of course, the film’s playing out like it was made by a team of middle schoolers partly had to do with the acting displayed. The various cast members who played A often seemed to have little to no chemistry with Rice, who portrayed Rhiannon as a needy girlfriend whose only thoughts revolved around her boyfriend, and later, A.
The movie left me bored and wishing I’d walked out at the crescendo, as the ending was unsatisfying and quickly wrapped up as many loose ends as possible in as little time as possible. Overall, the film’s production was poorly executed and it was a waste of both time and resources.
Posted: Apr. 12