Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow.
So this is based on the Lauren Oliver book of the same name. And I can assure you, I remember exactly how heart-wrenching the novel was. I put off watching this for a long time because I just didn’t want to put myself through that. But, I mean, you can only put it off so long. I decided it was time.
Samantha “Sam” Kingston has everything: perfect friends, perfect boyfriend, perfect future. Until everything changes. After an accident, Sam finds herself trapped in the same day over and over and she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. And as she begins to unravel why she’s stuck, she learns about the mysteries of those closest to her and the power of a single person, a single day, to change someone’s life.
You’re gonna need to keep a box of tissues next to you as you watch. FYI. I’m only looking out for you here.
The story in and of itself is just heartbreaking but also hopeful. The story starts out tonally like Mean Girls but without the humor. Sam and her friends are popular and aren’t exactly nice to those around them. They’re very interested in retaining their image as popular and cooler than everyone else. Those that are “beneath” them hardly warrant a second glance–but Sam and crew aren’t above yelling hurtful things at them. And it’s this loop that Sam gets stuck in, slowly seeing the effect this has on others.
For as much as I dislike stories with parallel universes, I do like stories like this about reliving the same day over and over again. Every little change changes something later down the road. It’s almost scientific curiosity on my part. If this variable changes, what happens next? And because this is a movie rather than a book, there’s a very clear passage of time, of just how many days she’s seen doing the same thing over and over again. Within a few seconds, you can tell she’s been there for weeks. That’s some great editing.
Thematically, the themes are fantastic. I mean, we’re kind of dealing with this idea of how you want to be remembered, what you would do with your last day, what it means to be a friend, etc. That’s also where the heartbreak comes from.
The acting was pretty good. I’m a fan of Zoey Deutch, who plays Sam. I thought she did a great job of showing how Sam sometimes is conflicted when she doesn’t want to show that, how depressed Sam is during each “new” day, and how she can be really sweet. Sam is really the only character who gets massive amounts of screen time, but I didn’t think any of the other characters were badly acted. We just didn’t see a lot of them.
The one thing I will say that I noticed as a difference from book to movie is that it does feel rushed. With Sam reliving the same day over and over, you wouldn’t think there’s anything really missing. But there is. Like, when Sam finally starts to figure everything out, I felt like we were rushing through what was the most poignant part of the movie. I wanted more than I was getting.
But overall, it’s worth a watch, whether or not you’ve read the book.