Remember my review of Happy Death Day? The one where I said I loved the Groundhog Day concept?
Well When We First Met is based on the same idea.
It’s about a man who goes back in time to relive a day three years earlier where he first meets the girl of his dreams at a party, in the hope of waking up again in the present to find himself in a loving relationship with her, rather than in the dreaded ‘Friend Zone’.
As far as I can see, it’s been panned by most critics for a number of reasons unrelated to the quality of the movie. One said it was about a man who got to relive a day over and over in the hope of sleeping with a girl he was infatuated with – which isn’t what it’s about – while another slated it for not being in the spirit of the modern cultural movement of empowerment.
Well, just like when I was asked to review a book that analysed Doctor Who from a homosexual point of view (apparently the sexual tension between the Doctor and the Brigadier was off the scale, which is something I personally never noticed) I don’t really grasp the mindset there. Call me shallow, but when I watch a TV show or a movie, I just like to take it on face value rather than holding it to any sort moral code or looking for subtext to fit in with how I wanted to view it. If I didn’t, I’d be the sort of person who couldn’t enjoy Big because it’s about an adult woman falling in love with a child, or I would say that Death Wish is unacceptable because Charles Bronson should rely upon the criminal justice system rather than take matters into his own hands.
I just didn’t see anything particularly untoward with the ‘morals’ of When We First Met.
If anything, the only problem is that Adam DeVine is an unlikeable arsehole.
But once I got past that, I enjoyed it. The plot appealed to me, it flowed well enough and it didn’t end as predictably as you might expect.
At times I chuckled, and at no point was I bored.
So it served its purpose.
No, it won’t win any Oscars, and no, I don’t think ‘serious’ people would enjoy it, but I did.
And I’d recommend if you have an evening free, you should watch it too.
Just don’t try to search for any inner truth when you do.