When We First Met (2018)

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Noah (Adam Devine, Pitch Perfect) thinks he’s made a connection with Avery (Alexandra Daddario, Percy Jackson) after they meet at a party. Three years later, he’s still carrying a torch and wondering what went wrong as she celebrates her engagement to Ethan (Robbie Amell, The Flash). Drunk and bitter, he discovers something amazing: a photo booth that lets him travel back in time. Can he figure out his mistake, redo the whole evening, and create the perfect future?

This is a rather saccharine romcom version of The Butterfly Effect, with a time travel device that’s surely related to the aging wish-granter of Big. Noah tries again and again to alter his path to true love, and we’re shown most of the ways in which he gets it wrong along the way.

There’s nothing either surprising or objectionable to this, it’s just… fine. The cast are all pretty and/or bland, although the lead borders on irritating. There are a few laughs along the way, and exactly the message you’re expecting after about, oooh, reading the description 😉

So, while nothing special, if you have Netflix and nothing better to do for Valentine’s day, this isn’t the worst option. Probably 😉

Released: 9th February 2018 (Netflix)
Viewed: 10th February 2018
Running time: 97 minutes
Rated: 12

My rating: 5/10


World War Z (2013)

When a zombie plague starts spreading across the globe, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is coerced into using the skills from his previous job to help investigate the cause – and hopefully cure – for the outbreak.

What follows is a trek around the planet tracking down clues and running away from a lot of super-speedy undead just desperate to sink their teeth into someone. And… urm… that’s about it, really.

It’s not terrible, but it wasn’t entirely engaging, either. Loved ones in peril? Check. Lots of cannon fodder roles? Check. One man with that special set of skills to overcome gaping plot holes? Hah, yeah.

Overall, my takeaway was: “If it’s so different from the book, then I think I probably want to read the book – it’s probably a lot better.”

Released: 2nd June 2013
Running time: 116 minutes
Rated: 15

My rating: 5/10