Movie Review: When We First Met (Netflix)

Happy Saturday everyone 🙂

When I created this blog, I stated I was going to be sharing lots of content regarding film and television- a quick scan of my blog’s homepage shows I succeeded in the latter but swivelled completely off track with the former. Better late than never though!

I’m dedicating my first movie review post (and determined not to be last) to When We First Met.

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Find it On: Netflix (Worldwide)

Starring: Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario, Shelley Hennig, Andrew Bachelor,  Robbie Amell

Unfiltered Reality’s Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Let’s break it down: I promise not to spoil the film for you, just give you a basic summary that you can find in the trailer without revealing major plot points:

Noah (Devine) meets Avery (Daddario) at a college party and they instantly connect, only for Noah to be friend-zoned by the end of the night. The next day, Avery meets Ethan (Amell) and three years later Noah is at the loved-up duo’s engagement party. He ends up getting shit-faced as he sees Avery as the ‘one who got away’, and ends up in a photo boots that travels him back in time to three years ago to the day he met Avery- he now has the power to rewrite history.

If I had to describe the film in one word, it would be endearing. It’s hard for me to classify this film as a rom-com, you see- the film was neither funny or romantic. The former is was knocked it down a star and a half (there were some comedic moments but nothing LOL worthy), but the latter was what made the film enjoyable and distinguishable from the typical rom-com films.

The core premise may have been the same cut as many of it’s predecessors- boy meets girl but can’t be with girl because she’s with someone else- but the development was rather original and organic. There were no outlandish romantic gestures or tear-jerking declarations of love. It had the right balance between realism without focusing on the pessimism we often seek to escape as rom-com viewers. Albeit, I say realism with a pinch of salt because this is a film about time-travel after all.

I appreciated the film’s organic nature as the older I get, the less I enjoy rom-coms. I actually could not sit through films such as ‘You’ve Got Mail’ or ‘Notting Hill’ these days- call me a cynic, but the dramataz is too much. I love love, but I don’t love movie love. I quite enjoy some romantic cheesiness on telly, but that’s because TV series give characters plenty of time to develop their relationships- it’s hard to achieve that in your standard 90 minute rom-com film.

I recommend this film to anyone who is having a chill day and wants a feel-good, light-hearted film 🙂

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