This Week we watched Before We Go, a Romantic Drama with a bit of comedy, directed by, and starring ‘Captain America’ himself, Chris Evans.
The film centres on an evening spent between two strangers Nick (Chris Evans) and Brooke (Alice Eve).
We first meet Nick, busking at Grand Central Terminal, we learn later that he is town for a big audition, which could vastly improve his career, he is also invited to a party of some old friends which he is reluctant to go to, for fear of bumping into his Ex!
Whilst he is busking, Brooke runs past him, dropping her phone, but being in such a hurry doesn’t even notice. We learn she is desperate to catch the last train to Boston, but misses it, leaving her stranded with no other trains leaving.
She is desperate to get home that night, as it would greatly affect her relationship if she is not there in the morning when her husband returns from a conference.
Nick meets Brooke to return the phone and offers to do all he can to get her home to Boston tonight. After she initially hesitates, he proves he is trustworthy and safe to be around, she is thankful for his help.
We follow them during the evening, as they try to come up with various ways of getting Brooke home. The situation is worsened as Brooke has a broken phone & Nick has a dead battery but they improvise, borrowing phones where they can.
We will learn that Brooke has left a letter to her husband, which she now wants to stop him reading as she is unsure of the state of their marriage, does she still love her husband?This is one of the questions that are raised, of course, you get more information for the reasons why she is having these doubts, but that would be spoilers.
As would be any outcome of Nick going to the party to see his ex, we learn that she is the love of his life and she broke up with him after he was going to propose, so what will they outcome of this be? All we will say is they will meet up again.
Of course, chemistry also clearly builds between Nick and Brooke too. They have a lot of fun over the evening, busking at a wedding, in which Alice Eve sings My Funny Valentine and err Right Said Fred classic I’m Too Sexy but also become each other’s confidant revealing all their secrets and fears.
This film was a real pleasant surprise as was not as predictable as other romance films, it also highlights the needs to be sure of decisions you make, as well as being open to new things.
The ending may surprise you but it finishes the film really well.
Chris Evans has directed a fine film debut from a script by Jen Smolka and Ronald Bass. It also shows there is more to him than an actor in a big franchise.
In fact, you may even be grateful that he is in the Marvel movies, as surely the rewards of that have allowed him to take on smaller projects like this.
Alice Eve, no stranger to big budget films having appeared in both Men In Black 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness also does well in this smaller role.
We found this film on Netflix and we think it’s well worth seeking out if you are a fan of films of this genre or either of the 2 leads.
You can see the trailer at the film’s website here:
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