Dusting Off The Shelf: Letter B

10 Jan

Back again and continuing this series… Today we have Before We Go.

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Synopsis: Brooke (Alice Eve) gets her purse stolen and misses the last train out of NYC. Nick (Chris Evans) is postponing going to a party, where he could run into his ex, by playing his trumpet in the halls of Grand Central Station. They meet, by chance, and proceed to have a life changing evening. They hunt for the missing purse. They fake being a band at a party. They borrow strangers phones. They talk. They laugh. They cry. Heck, Nick even gets to finally get closure with who he thought was the love of his life. And through it all… they avoid falling victim to cinematic tropes.

beside-we-go-gif-evansWhy I chose this film: I admit it- I love Chris Evans. Whether he’s being ridiculous (see Fantastic Four or Not Another Teen Movie), dramatic and heroic (as “Captain America”), or in my go to feel good film (What’s Your Number?)… I’ll watch all of it. So it wasn’t a hardship to spend an afternoon seeing him star in something new (to me). Bonus- this is actually his directorial debut film. But it’s been sitting on my shelf for a while because I kept watching those MCU films rather than something new. But… this series of posts was the perfect chance to fix that issue.

I only know Alice Eve from Star Trek: Into Darkness, so it was interesting to see a different character. There is an innocent energy that came across in this character. Completely different from that previous character.

Will I watch it again: Not sure it’ll replace my go to feel good films, but I am sure that I will run it again. Might be a good one for while I’m baking or something because there were some really good scenes that I could enjoy while I am creating.

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Why you should watch it too (or run far away!): Though I would technically put it in the RomCom/Dramedy categories, it doesn’t fall victim to cinematic tropes. What you think is going to happen throughout… doesn’t. With that in mind, it is an enjoyable character piece. Grab some popcorn and a drink and enjoy.

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