November 29, 2022

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After (2019) Movie

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After (2019)

 

Yes im a year late to this one but, well found it on one of the streaming services and in a moment of weakness gave it a whirl and very glad I did too.

Anna Todd is a writer started our on the WatPadd app, her books caught on so well that they have now been turned into what looks like a very promising movie series.

AFTER, the first in the series follows Tessa (Josephine Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter, and loyal girlfriend to her high-school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college armed with grand ambitions for her future. She starts with all the best of intentions, prim and proper, ready to turn up to her classes before she needs to, have her assignments in on time and be the all round modern student that the college deserves… if only she knew what she was in for from day one. On her arrival she is put in a form with Steph a tattooed party magnet, ready to help Tess let go. Steph has many friends, one of whom is Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) the dark, mysterious a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants from life. She falls for him at first sight it seems but Hardin is no ordinary encounter, this will change her life forever and not all in a good way. We follow the first installment of this rocky romance as they break down the first barriers between them and set out on a eventful journey of love and discovery.

 

This is indeed the first of many, and with the good story comes a bit of a letdown. Following watching the movie i went to the books, only to find as with all good adaptations a large chunk has been removed to meet the runtime. Only in this case that is not a good thing, plus the director is trying to reduce the decidedly racy novel down to a PG-13 or just above, letting allot of the passion of the writing go in the process. Josephine Langford does a grand job of portraying Tess, as she goes from innocent highschool to women in one movie. Hero Fiennes, though i have to say after reading three of the books in two weeks in the minds eye just doesnt match up, he has the accent they gave him the tats, but he just doesnt have the menacing presence on the screen. He pulls off his part well enough, but when you read reclusive, party going,  tattooed hard man who gets into fights you just dont see it. He should have been a more formidable presence. But he is now the man of the part.

 

As part two of the series is in cinemas from this past week please take the time to watch the first and support the second so that all five can make it to the screen maybe netflix will see the light for all of them…

 

I will be watching them…

And to get ready for the second installment…

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