Every Day is a 2017 American romantic fantasy film that was directed by Michael Sucsy and written by Jesse Andrews, and is based on the novel of the same name by David Levithan. The film features Angourie Rice as 16-year-old Rhiannon, who falls in love with a traveling soul who wakes each morning in a different body. Justice Smith, Debby Ryan, and Maria Bello also star in the film.
The film follows “A”, as they are a traveling spirit who wakes up inside the body of a different male or female teenager, every day. One day, “A” wakes up inside the body of Justin, the neglectful boyfriend of high school student Rhiannon. At school that day, she approaches “A”, in the form of Justin, and she convinces them to skip school with her. As the day goes on, “A” finds themself falling in love with Rhiannon, as she confides to Justin her troubled home life, following her dad’s mental breakdown that almost resulted in their family losing their home. Rhiannon, in return, feels a rekindled love for Justin, seeing as he has seemingly changed into a more thoughtful and caring person than he was previously. The next day, Rhiannon finds that Justin has reverted back to his old, careless self, and doesn’t even remember the day before. Meanwhile, waking up in the body of Amy, “A” masquerades as an exchange student in order to be close with Rhiannon.
The film made its initial debut on February 23, 2018 as it released alongside Game Night and Annihilation. According to the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall approval rating of 63% based on the 48 reviews that have been submitted, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The websites critical consensus reads that “Every Day wastes its metaphysical premise on shallow storytelling, though its diverse young cast adds flavor to an otherwise bland teen-romance.”
The Film Itself (2.5/5):
Every Day is a movie that I know is something that I wouldn’t normally watch. Mostly because the entire concept of romantic oriented films aren’t really my cup of tea. But that said, this movie, at least from what I’ve read, remains pretty faithful to the book; but, offers story and experience that starts out where it makes sense, but falls apart rather quickly. Despite the progression of the plot, I couldn’t help but feel as if there were more unanswered questions than there were answered as my wife and I reached the end credits. It was definitely one of the better young-adult films that I’ve seen in recent times as there’s a decent amount of simplicity and goofiness to it that it wasn’t all that bad.
Picture Quality (5/5):
The Blu-ray release of Every Day looked exactly what I would have expected with it being a pretty standard Blu-ray release. Visually speaking, everything was presented in a clean manner that allowed for everything to be seen and understood without having to increase focus or squint even in the slightest to try and understand what was happening. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t too much that stood out visually with this movie; however I will tell you that the scenic views that were presented on occasion throughout this movie looked really nice and were probably my favorite part of the entire presentation.
Audio Quality (5/5):
Bundled with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track, the Blu-ray release of Every Day does everything that it can to try and put its viewers right into the middle of everything. While it’s not making use of the surround channels at all, the movie itself didn’t really call for the inclusion of those channels and I feel that the track that was packaged with this release was ample enough to allow for audiences to sit down and enjoy this movie without having to manually adjust their receiver’s volume levels as it played onward. Dialogue was clean and clear, and the speech was able to be understood without questioning what was said.
The Packaging (2/5):
The Blu-ray release of Every Day comes packaged in your standard single-disc Blu-ray amaray case. Within that case is the standard Blu-ray copy of the movie, the disc featuring absolutely no artwork that’s related to the movie outside of the standard release text and extremely generic blue background. There are no DVD copies included with this release, nor are there any digital copy redemption pamphlets. Lastly, there are no slipcovers available with this release.
Special Features (3/5):
Included with the Blu-ray release of Every Day, are a few additional pieces that directs its focus on the work that went into making the film at hand. As you watch through these features, you will get a slight extended look into the story; but it’s definitely more focused on the production work and experiences that the cast and crew had while filming. Included with this release is:
- Director Michael Sucsy Explains How He Flipped The Beloved Novel’s Perspective While Staying True To The Story’s Heart
- The Cast Explains The Challenges Of Having Multiple Actors Play A Single Character
- Deleted Scenes
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (29.99 Mbps)
Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
English SDH, Spanish
Original Film: 97 minutes
Overall, I’m glad that I was given the chance to sit down and explore Every Day as it’s definitely a film that I wouldn’t have picked up randomly. The story, while it does have the best intentions at heart, really could have been executed a lot better, there really were a lot of questions that went unanswered as it progressed, and I feel like they may be better answered by reading the book (which I may have to do). Visual and audio presentation of the Blu-ray release were nicely done, and allowed a clean experience for viewers. Special features, while I think they should have included more in terms of an extended look at the storyline, showed a really good amount of behind the scenes action and allows for you to share some of the experiences that the cast had. If you’re considering grabbing this release for your collection, I will recommend that you rent it first to make sure that it’s something that you’ll enjoy before adding it to your personal library. Every Day comes out to Blu-ray beginning Tuesday, June 5, 2018.
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