This was supposed to be a review for Game Night, which I was planning on seeing last night… and then I realized that I misread the actual movie time by a whole hour. And the only other movie available that I did not see yet was this young adult film called “Every Day”.
A Summary in Twenty Words or Less: A young girl meets an entity that inhabits a new body everyday. They become romantically involved.
Now with this concept alone, I was kind of interested in the film anyway. It was something unique and new, even if it was entirely… uh… weird. See, if this concept creeps you out, or if you’re turned off by the implications of this movie, then I can completely understand that.
For me, I really enjoy out-there concepts, and I actually kind of enjoyed this movie.
Unsurprisingly, the concept is the best part of the movie. Seeing what “A” (what the entity named himself) did whenever he changed into someone else’s body was really interesting. Seeing a new day occur and anticipating who “A” would inhabit next made for the most interesting parts and had me the most invested.
What made it even better is that it really experiments with this concept, and it explores it in a sincere way. There’s a lot of moments where I thought, “It would be cool if they had “A” become this type of person, or it would be cool if they talked about this type of thing.” And often enough, the movie was actually creative enough to go there. It was a lot of fun to watch. It also tries as hard as it can to tackle the horrible implications this movie is suggesting. It doesn’t completely succeed, but it tries.
What I mean is, “A” inhabits a new person Every Day (oh, I get it) and has to live that day for them. Not only that but “A” is also falling in love with the protagonist of this story and it deals with the complications of that. For example (I’m trying to pick something that’s really non-spoilerish), “A” and Rhiannon (the protagonist) plan out an entire day together, and the next day, “A” inhabits someone that must undergo an all-day surgery and stands up Rhiannon unintentionally.
The movie somewhat benefits from being a YA film because I think the only person that could ever realistically fall in love with “A” is a young, angsty, insecure teenager that’s a hopeless romantic and doesn’t fully understand that loving “A” is extremely complicated. Also, it allows the movie to deal with young adult issues bluntly and not seem like they’re being extremely preachy about it.
Now where the movie fails is literally everything else.
Even though I think they did a lot with the concept, the film could’ve done more interesting, genuine things with it if it didn’t have to appeal to young adults. But since it’s a YA film, this unique concept is stuck in a movie riddled with YA clichés.
Also, because “A” has to be a different person every day, it’s very, very hard to characterize him/her/it. Therefore, he/she/it is really only characterized as much as the new actor can do. The only real character development that is consistent about “A” is that he’s almost completely benevolent and that he is in love with Rhiannon.
Speaking of which, Rhiannon isn’t really characterized either. She’s really mostly defined by being the subject of “A”’s affections. And every single other person in this entire movie takes backseat. All of Rhiannon’s family, her friends, and basically anyone else that could actually be a character in this movie gets extremely little screen time. Thus, all the other story arcs that don’t involve “A” and Rhiannon are only minutely developed and are resolved without any sort of sincerity.
The soundtrack, while not as bad as most YA films, was still not very good.
There’s a lot of wasteful scenes, and there are a couple cringeworthy scenes as well.
The script, while not incompetent, really doesn’t have enough talent behind it and often comes across as cheesily unsubtle.
I guess I’ll throw this in here: even though the film does try to touch on it, it really only skims the surface of the morality of this scenario. “A” has sex with Rhiannon using at least two of the people it inhabits, and I really can’t help but think that the film isn’t good enough to understand what that means. If “A” fell in love with a heterosexual man, and used multiple female bodies to have sex with him, EVERYBODY would have a problem with it. But since “A” is just taking advantage of the bodies of young boys, it seems like the film thinks it can get away with not addressing the absolutely screwed up implications the film’s bringing.
That said, Every Day is a very interesting concept for a film, but it would’ve been better if the concept was in a better movie. Quite honestly, if it wasn’t for the concept, this movie would have absolutely nothing going for it. There are no great story elements, no great characters, no great cinematography, and no uniqueness outside of trying to explore the concept of such an entity existing.
If you’ve seen the trailers, and you think the concept looks interesting, I would recommend giving this movie a shot. Otherwise, there’s no other real reason to see it.