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After We Fell 'Review'

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Third installment of movie based on Anna Todd’s book series is once again followed by new adult drama, clichés and some steamy scenes.

It takes off where After We Collided ended, Tessa sees her father who turns out to be exactly like Hardin used to be: messed up and a drunk. Hardin was overprotective of Tessa when she decided to talk to him and let him stay, but when they bond over few drinks Hardin realize he isn’t that bad.

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After punching a guy and failing to reconcile with Tessa, her father leaves the picture and movie focuses once again on Hardin and Tessa’s troubled relationship. It all starts when she out of sudden gets dream job opportunity in Seattle, she already decides to go and Hardin, of course, doesn’t agree with that. He acts immature and fails to understand why she chooses to go; he doesn’t do anything to go with her either.

That decision almost wrecks their ‘’dreamy’’ relationship. Tessa leaves him and almost trigger his urge to drink but he did manage to control himself which came out as a big surprise, he turns to new addiction: boxing.

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Their distance doesn’t last long enough, they didn’t have much time for themselves to explore separation as two mature young adults but they get back together the very first time Hardin visits her. Hardin once again shows his toxicity and fear of being left by Tessa, their lack of communication and understanding makes them distance every time. Their relationship makes some progress because Hardin was willing to let go of his life and move to Seattle too.

There are few sincere and very touching moments but soon they are followed with some steamy scenes which sometimes are unnecessary and pointless.

Family issues play a big part in this movie, not only for Tessa whose father magically appeared at the end of previous movie but also for Hardin, who finds out he has been lied by his mother all his life. Main focus moves from their toxic relationship to actual family drama, which somehow makes their relationship more mature.

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Tessa staying with Christian Vince and Kimberly only creates big drama in the end, it turns out Vince was Hardin’s real father all along, but before that he finds his mother hooking up with Vince one day before her wedding with Mike.

That confession creates dramatic scene with Never Say Never in background before Hardin and Tessa share a kiss, they manage to end up together after that massive bombshell that will be explored in next movie.

The secret and the fact that Hardin is all dark and twisty, with traumas and a lot of issues to overcome actually somehow makes him lovable to audience, but there is also the fact that their relationship would never work out in real life because of complexity and big level of toxicity it carries on.

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For fans who really loved book version this sequel might turn out as boring and waste of time, there are a lot of scenes that didn’t make it in the final cut, almost 900 pages and only a movie that lasts almost two hours.

Film doesn’t make sense, that’s why many people couldn’t understand how someone as intelligent and sweet as Tessa could fall in love with someone dark and manipulative as Hardin. Their chemistry actually makes up for that illogical part, actors try to become characters which must be really tough when it comes to character of Hardin, a lot of trauma and life full of lie that somehow makes up for his jackass behavior.

after-we-fell-review

For fans who really loved book version this sequel might turn out as boring and waste of time, there are a lot of scenes that didn’t make it in the final cut, almost 900 pages and only a movie that lasts almost two hours.

Film doesn’t make sense, that’s why many people couldn’t understand how someone as intelligent and sweet as Tessa could fall in love with someone dark and manipulative as Hardin. Their chemistry actually makes up for that illogical part, actors try to become characters which must be really tough when it comes to character of Hardin, a lot of trauma and life full of lie that somehow makes up for his jackass behavior.

Movie doesn’t work as some serious romantic drama; it’s more of a duty or good will to watch entire series so we can compare it to books. There are some good points: music, atmosphere, Hero Fiennes Tiffin’s (Hardin) acting and there are some bad things: lack of romantic plot, unnecessary explicit scenes and lack of reality.


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Dramatic and emotional scenes are handled perfectly by director, there are pretty much believable and especially the last scenes makes us dive into movie and stay there until the very end, it was dramatic force trying to make us hold still using power of storytelling and great recognizable song, and the story will be continued.

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