Catching Up With The Films of 2021: After We Fell (dir by Castille Landon)


After We Fell continues the story of Tessa and Hardin, the world’s most boring couple.

If you’ve seen After and After We Collided, you know the story of Tessa (Josephine Langford) and Hardin (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin).  You know that Tessa has an alcoholic father and that she met and fell in love with Hardin during her first semester of college.  You know that Hardin is a British bad boy with a lot of really lame tattoos but he also really likes The Great Gatsby.  Hardin’s from a wealthy family and he’s a recovering alcoholic.  Hardin may come across like a sullen jerk but that’s just because no one but Tessa understands who he truly is.  Blah blah blah.

Hardin and Tessa spent the first two movies having a bunch of boring relationship problems and that’s pretty much what they spend the third movie doing, as well.  There’s a lot of tastefully filmed sex scenes but no one’s going to mistake these films for Fifty Shades of Grey.  Whenever Hardin and Tessa have sex in After We Collided, there’s a close-up of Hardin grabbing a condom.  The one time that Hardin doesn’t grab a condom, it leads to one of the film’s few plot developments.  It’s the rule of Chekhov’s Condom.  If a condom is used in the first act, a condom will not be used in the second act, and there will be consequences in the third act.

There’s not really much of a plot to this one.  Tessa takes a job in Seattle.  Hardin doesn’t want her to go to Seattle.  Tessa’s drunk dad shows up.  Hardin bonds with the drunk dad.  Hardin’s mother gets married so the film’s action moves to London.

When Hardin and Tessa visit his mom, Hardin’s mom says, “I set your bed up, Hardin.”

“I was expecting to stay on the floor,” Hardin replies.

OH, SHUT THE FUG UP, HARDIN!  JUST SAY THANK YOU FOR ONCE!

The After films wouldn’t be so bad if Hardin wasn’t such an annoying douchebag.  And it would help is Tessa actually had a personality that went beyond her relationship with Hardin.  They’re a boring couple.  Whatever chemistry Fiennes-Tiffin and Langford had in the first two films is totally missing in After We Fell.  When they have phone sex, you feel bad for whoever at the NSA is having to transcribe their conversation.  They have no interests outside of each other and listening to middlebrow music.  Hardin continually fears that Tessa is going to leave him but Tessa wouldn’t exist if she wasn’t half of a couple and neither would Hardin.  They’re not individuals.  They have no personality outside of worrying about each other, fighting with each other, and talking about each other.  One gets the feeling that they are the couple that everyone tries to avoid at a party.  “Don’t get stuck in a corner with those two unless you’re ready to spend the entire night listening to the story about that time Hardin was reading The Great Gatsby in the student union….”

The film ends with the promise of “To be continued.”  I’m looking forward to After The Divorce.

Here Are The 2021 Nominations of The North Carolina Film Critics Association!


The North Carolina Film Critics Association will be announcing their winners on January 5th!

Here are their nominees:

BEST NARRATIVE FILM
Drive My Car
Dune
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
Licorice Pizza
Mass
Pig
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story
The Worst Person in the World

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Flee
The Sparks Brothers
Summer of Soul
Val
The Velvet Underground

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Encanto
Flee
Luca
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Drive My Car
A Hero
Riders of Justice
Titane
The Worst Person in the World

BEST DIRECTOR
David Lowery – The Green Knight
Denis Villeneuve – Dune
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Steven Spielberg – West Side Story

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Dune
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

BEST ACTOR
Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… BOOM!
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Dev Patel – The Green Knight
Nicolas Cage – Pig
Will Smith – King Richard

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alex Wolff – Pig
Jason Isaacs – Mass
Jeffrey Wright – The French Dispatch
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog
Woody Norman – C’mon C’mon

BEST ACTRESS
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Kristen Stewart – Spencer
Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
Renate Reinsve – The Worst Person in the World

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard
Ann Dowd – Mass
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Ruth Negga – Passing

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE IN ANIMATION OR MIXED MEDIA
Abbi Jacobson – The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Danny McBride – The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Jacob Tremblay – Luca
Kelly Marie Tran – Raya and the Last Dragon
Stephanie Beatriz – Encanto

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Dune
The French Dispatch
Licorice Pizza
Mass
The Power of the Dog

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
C’mon C’mon
The French Dispatch
Licorice Pizza
Mass
Pig

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Drive My Car
Dune
The Green Knight
Passing
The Power of the Dog

BEST EDITING
Dune
The French Dispatch
The Last Duel
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
Dune
The Green Knight
The Matrix Resurrections
Spider-Man: No Way Home
The Suicide Squad

BEST STUNT COORDINATION
Black Widow
The Matrix Resurrections
No Time To Die
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Cruella
Dune
Last Night in Soho
Nightmare Alley
Spencer

BEST HAIR & MAKE-UP
Cruella
Dune
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci
Nightmare Alley

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Dune
The French Dispatch
The Green Knight
Nightmare Alley
West Side Story

BEST SCORE
Don’t Look Up
Dune
No Time To Die
The Power of the Dog
Spencer

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Every Letter – Cyrano
Guns Go Bang – The Harder They Fall
Just Look Up – Don’t Look Up
No Time To Die – No Time To Die
So May We Start – Annette

BEST SOUND DESIGN
Dune
Nightmare Alley
No Time To Die
tick, tick… BOOM!
West Side Story

BEST DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
Fran Kranz – Mass
Lin-Manuel Miranda – tick, tick… BOOM!
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Lost Daughter
Michael Sarnoski – Pig
Rebecca Hall – Passing

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
Cooper Hoffman – Licorice Pizza
Emilia Jones – CODA
Woody Norman – C’mon C’mon
Rachel Zegler – West Side Story

KEN HANKE MEMORIAL TAR HEEL AWARD
Anthony Mackie (Falcon and the Winter Soldier; Synchronic; Outside the Wire; The Woman in the Window) – Studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Ariana DeBose (West Side Story; Schmigadoon) – From Raleigh, North Carolina
Brian Tyree Henry (Eternals; The Woman in the Window; Godzilla vs. Kong) – From Fayetteville, North Carolina
Jonathan Majors (The Harder They Fall, Loki) – Studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Stephen McKinley Henderson (Dune; Bruised) – Studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts