Using a magical photo booth that sends him back in time, Noah relives the night he met Avery over and over, trying to persuade her to fall for him.
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Ari Sandel’s film opens with the scene of an engagement party, November 2017. A speech is being given by a beautiful and very happy bride-to-be Avery (Alexandra Daddario) about when she first met her now fiancé. Looking on proudly, the fiancé, or so it seems, is grinning like the cat that got the cream. Flashback to 2014 and it is revealed he is NOT the fiancé but sits pride of place in the ‘friend-zone’ after a failed attempt to win Avery over, three years prior.
Flashforward to 2017 and Noah (Adam DeVine) discovers a new tool to transport him to the past. He becomes intent on returning to the night he met Avery to convince her that he is the man for her rather than Ethan (Robbie Amell) who she met and fell in love with the following day back in 2014. As Noah repeatedly fails in his mission and continually awakes to the consequences of his actions, he becomes increasingly concerned he won’t find the answer. With an unexpected turn of events however, it seems the answer Noah is searching for was staring him in the face all along.
I must admit that whilst the trailer did win me over, the movie was demoted to family movie night* rather than adult, post-watershed, serious viewing as I assumed it would be the stereotypical cheesy, feel-good attempt at time travel, that most movies of this genre have managed to muster since the hit ‘Groundhog Day‘. I was wrong. Well, not wrong entirely, it had some cheesy lines and was a feel-good movie but not in a negative way. After all, cheap laughs and emotional highs do not necessarily make a movie bad but have turned so many that way with lack of depth. Writer John Whittington certainly had his work cut out as he used an old tale rehashed so many times before, to chase a new variation and achieve a fresh outcome.
At just 1 hour 37 mins duration, “When We First Met” is a fast-paced, traditional tale with a modern twist. Adam Devine was fantastically Jack Black-esque in his portrayal of Noah, a character that morphs into a different personality with every return from the past. A consequence of the events of that night that force him to continue his crusade for love.
The film was a thoroughly enjoyable, feel good movie that is current and commands attention from the viewer in a way that leaves you feeling all warm inside. A definite thumbs-up for this 2018 Netflix Original, romantic comedy.
*Whilst we watched this on family movie night our youngest was not present that night. The film is classified a ’12’ and is therefore not suitable for young children.
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