Reviewed by Linda Marric
Michael Sucsy’s film about a teenage girl who falls in love with someone who transforms into someone else every day, is a charming, beautifully crafted and hugely engaging millennial love story with a twist.
Based on David Levithan’s novel of the same name and from a screenplay by Jesse Andrews, Every Day offers a heart-warming tale of love, acceptance and teenage angst without ever falling into the overly saccharine.
At 16 Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) is still struggling to come to terms with her father’s recent breakdown and her mother’s apparent detachment from the family unit. Things however start to look up when she meets and falls in love with with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body of the same age for 24 hours each day. Feeling a huge connection between them, Rhiannon and A make a pact to find each other each day no matter what happens.
Sucsy offers a beautifully well thought-out account of a love which transcends gender and race with a huge amount of tenderness towards its subjects. Despite being a little on the predictable side, Every Day is still able to be touching, open-minded and surprisingly subversive, which is no mean feat for a film aimed at a fairly young audience.
On the whole, Every Day teaches its young audience that love is what you make of it, and is never just about the exterior, a message which as cheesy as it might sound, remains one of its strong point. Add to that an array of charming and likeable young actors and a beautifully well thought out sound track and Every Day could end up being one of the most talked about teen inspired romantic comedies of the year. Beautiful story, well told and beautifully well acted.