After is YA’s answer to the Fifty Shades franchise.
This post for After is spoiler-free.
After (2019, directed by Jenny Gage) is based on the Wattpad fanfiction turned novel of the same name by Anna Todd—the story follows the unstable and toxic relationship between Tessa Young (Josephine Langford) and Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin).
For a movie that runs about 105 minutes long, there was actually more kissing and clothes being taken off than actual acting. I’m not sure why this movie was even made, perhaps it’s to fulfil the 1% quota of trashy movies that Hollywood sees the need to produce every year. And in 2020, it will do the same as After has a sequel called After We Collided, which will be released in theatres.
Langford’s and Tiffin’s performances in After was undeniably cringey, especially Tiffin’s, whose thick British accent irked me. Langford looks exactly like her sister Katherine Langford, and it’s difficult to separate the two when they have the exact same features and voice. I was wondering what was dead Hannah Baker doing in a softcore porn-esque YA movie—did she fake her death on 13 Reasons Why and move to another town to start college? 🤔
The story of After is basically a typical college romance that references too much Jane Austen. What was meant to be fanfiction should have stayed fanfiction because honestly, you’re better off watching the Fifty Shades movies again—at least that franchise looks better budgeted. I can’t say I would recommend After to anyone—but if you love trashy movies, this is it!