The follow up to After, After We Collided isn’t the first follow-up film based on a novel that was originally based on fan fiction (that honour goes to Fifty Shades Darker), but it surely digs in with its roots and gives its viewers precisely what they want. After We Collided continues the love narrative begun in after, but ramps up the drama even more than its already melodramatic predecessor. It is based on Anna Todd’s After book series, which she originally released as fan fiction about One Direction singer Harry Styles. Although After We Collide is loaded with clichés and outdate young adult tropes, its passionate romance and comedic dialogue provide some escalation.
The film begins up one month after the events of after, in which Hardin Scott’s (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) and Tessa Young’s (Josephine Langford) rocky relationship came to an end when it was revealed that Hardin slept with Tessa for a bet. Tessa is striving to move on in After We Collide, beginning an internship at Vance Publishing, where she meets Trevor Matthews, a respectable and by-the-numbers man (Dylan Sprouse).Tessa and Hardin, on the other hand, can’t seem to stay away from each other and are drawn back into each other’s orbit, first when Tessa calls Hardin while drunk, and then when Tessa discovers Hardin hasn’t told his mother Trish (Louise Lombard) about their breakup and agrees to pretend they’re still together. Their rekindled romance meets several snags, as Tessa continues to trust Hardin after his violation, and it’s uncertain whether Hardin is actually committed to working through his problems.
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Clarification of After We Collided
Todd takes over writing duties on Despite We Collided after not contributing to the after screenplay, co-writing the script with newcomer Mario Celaya. While this may result in a more faithful copy of her work of the same name, it also results in some lines of dialogue that would feel clichéd and absurd even in fan fiction, where readers are more prone to grant writers leeway. (A character tells Tessa, “Oh shoot, we forgot to buy you underwear,” at one point.) The main tale is replete of tropes, including the introduction of Trevor to create a love triangle – but only half-baked at that, with Trevor set up as the overly evident contrast to Hardin, then dumped for a montage of sex scenes between the two characters almost instantly. There are also far too many stereotypes to name, like a cat fight between Tessa and is one of the drama’s provocateurs in After, as well as a lot of fucking whore that feels out of place inside a modern collegiate atmosphere. After We Collide isn’t the most well-written tale or script, but it does have one redeeming feature: Hardin and Tessa’s love.
After We Collide, on the other hand, has Fiennes Tiffin and Langford’s chemistry strengthening the film’s tension and generating an amusing, if not very meaningful, love story. After We Collided is classed R, and director Roger Kumble (Cruel Intentions) uses that rating to include plenty of passionate sex scenes, whereas After was classified PG-13 and portrayed the duo in relatively benign scenarios to highlight their budding connection. Langford and Fiennes Tiffin, to their credit, are responsible for making these sequences in After We Collided as seductive as they are, successfully portraying the physical aspect of Hardin and Tessa’s relationship. The actors do their best to deliver all of the stilted dialogue they’re given, but it doesn’t quite work despite their best attempts. In terms of the rest of the actors, Sprouse as the straight-laced Trevor is unexpectedly entertaining, apparently the only one who understands that these pictures are designed to be overdramatic fodder. Everyone else does their best with what they have – after all, this is Hardin and Tessa’s world.
After We Collided is far from a “good” picture, but it is one made specifically for teenage females, and teenage girls deserve their fair share of bad films made specifically for them. After We Collided includes all of the elements necessary to entice its target audience: It has appealing performers, a tumultuous romance, a catchy soundtrack, and plenty of twists and turns, and it delivers on its promises. After We Collided isn’t meant to be a serious drama; it’s designed to be pure escapist entertainment, and it succeeds admirably in that sense, transporting viewers on a melodramatic rollercoaster and allowing them to forget about their own issues for an hour and 45 minutes. Even the most tired cliches and tropes (there’s a reason romance novels all follow the same basic structure) are soothing in their familiarity. So, just because After We Collided isn’t a “excellent” film doesn’t mean it’s not worth seeing.
Fans of Todd’s books and the very first After movie are undoubtedly at the top of the list of people who should watch After We Collided. While After We Collide lacks some of the more subtle topics seen in After, such as Tessa’s coming – of – age storyline (and exploration of her sexuality), it does focus too much on the series’ romantic escapism. As a result, After We Collided isn’t a must-see for anyone who isn’t interested in the subject or who thought the first film was too superficial. Even if it’s in the vein of being so bad, individuals who walk into After We Collided with reasonable expectations about it being simple escapism may have a good time.
After We Collided: Final Thoughts
Hardin stands near a vehicle accident without realising Tessa is implicated. He has no idea where she is admitted, so he contacts every hospital in the area in an attempt to locate her. Meanwhile, Landon bursts in and accuses Hardin of causing the accident because Tessa was out seeking for him the night before because the male protagonist had not returned home. With each passing second, the boyfriend becomes increasingly eager to locate her, calling Tessa’s phone only to have Trevor pick it up. A co-worker warns Hardin that he is poisonous and that he should let Tessa go since she would never be happy with him.
Tessa gets released from the hospital and returns home to discover that Hardin has gone. (He has returned to England to visit his mother.) But, in a letter, he admits that their relationship is like an addiction, with both anguish and pleasure. Furthermore, he claims that the female with whom they fought was a former fling, and that all he sought was her forgiveness in order to strengthen his relationship with Tessa. Even though she tries to contact Hardin, he breaks his phone in a fit of rage, and she is unable to contact him.
Hardin appears to be having the same nightmares as before, although this time Tessa instead of his mother appears in them. He then continues to throw the drink away. Hardin’s mother then explains to him that he is just harming himself by refusing to forgive his once abusive father. She also advises her son to attend Vance’s party on Sunday in order to reclaim Tessa; he must battle for what is truly important. When Vance proposes to Kimberley at the party, she says yes.
Trevor later asks Tessa if she’ll take the job offer in Portland. She claims that she is considering it because she no longer has a reason to stay in town. The co-worker admits in the same chat that he had begged Hardin to leaving her alone. Tessa notices Hardin at the party after he removes himself for a moment. They leave together after a quick talk. In the end, he gets a tattoo that says, “From this day forward, I never wish to be parted from you.” The homeless man who confronts her is later revealed to be Tessa’s father.
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