After Everything (2018) Movie Review

Director: Hannah Marks, Joey Power

Writer: Hannah Marks, Joey Power (Screenplay)

Starring: Marisa Tomei, Maika Monroe, Gina Gershon, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Jeremy Allen White, Joe Keery, Dean Winters

Plot: A young couple’s relationship develops quickly when one of them is diagnosed with a life-changing illness.


Tagline – Love is Sick

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Romance 101

Story: After Everything starts as we meet Elliot (White) a young man that discovers that he has cancer, one that should be easier to treat and when he meets Mia (Monroe) he starts a new whirlwind romance where the two move very fast about the changes in life, as Mia tries to help him through his treatment with Dr Harden (Tomei).

We see how the two look to build a life together, even if things don’t go well in Elliot’s treatment, showing how a relationship can be hard to build when you don’t know what the future holds.

Thoughts on After Everything

Characters – Elliot is a young man that has been trying to build an app, while working in coffee shop, he discovers that he has cancer and keeps it to himself for the first steps of the treatment, while starting a new relationship with Mia, one that gives him confidence to fight the disease, only it doesn’t seem to give him the focus on what to do with his life. Mia is a young lady that meets Elliot who brings her out of her shell, even after her roommates often try to put pressure on her to meet someone. She falls in love and finds herself moving forward in her career, but struggles with the new life together. We do have the support friends, the parents and best friends that will always be around for advice.

PerformancesJeremy Allen White and Maika Monroe in the leading roles are great together, they do show the ups and downs they are going through and how they can affect the lives together or alone.

StoryThe story here follows a young couple that meet, fall in over, even though one has just learnt about his cancer, the pair work together to get through the struggles, only to learn the troubles a young relationship could have. This is a story that shows how life can become more difficult when it comes to dealing with unexpected news, fighting an illness and jumping into things too quickly. We don’t spend much time on the cancer side of the story, focusing more on the relationship between the two, as we see just how they struggle to make things work, everything does feel like a whirlwind romance with the tag on of cancer, rather than anything else, which doesn’t seem to have the same impact in the story.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film isn’t that strong, while the romance is more of a true reflection of how love can work, with the ups and downs.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us the everyday life, we don’t get any icon locations for the couple, just showing what could be for them.


Scene of the Movie – The first meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Just turning to drugs to solve the problems.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting look at how a relationship happening around a new cancer diagnosis, could bring out the best and worst in people, with strong performances, even if the story become more predictable.

Overall: By the Book.

ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – Z – Margin Call (2011)

This is going under Z because of Zachary Quinto.

Director: J.C. Chandor

Writer: J.C. Chandor (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci

Plot: Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.


Tagline – Be first. Be smarter. Or cheat.

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Tense Financially Thriller

Story: Margin Call starts on a normal day in an investment bank, today is going to be different though, because today the company is going to be facing massive layoffs, with Eric Dale (Tucci) being the first to go, leaving just 20% of the work force of his floor left.

Sam Rogers (Spacey) learns that Eric has discovered something that could ruin the company, Peter Sullivan (Quinto) proves it to be right and must turn to his risk manager Will Emerson (Bettany), which brings the boss John Tuld (Irons) in to cover up, the situation which could change the market forever.

Thoughts on Margin Call

Characters – Eric Dale is the man that is let go first, he has managed to discover something which will change the company forever, he doesn’t get to finish or expose this before leaving, with everyone looking for him. Sam Rogers runs the floor and is needing to move quick to get the truth to the boss, trusting the few employees that he has left. Peter Sullivan is the one the proved the problem, he goes to his bosses and needs to explain the problems the company will be facing. Will Emerson is the connection between the employees on the floor and Sam, he advices the younger members of the team and shows how to break down the money he has made through his career. Sarah leads part of the team that is investigating what is happening, while John Tuld is the owner of the company that will demand answers in the simplest form and make the big decisions about the future of the employees.

PerformancesWe do have an all-star cast here with stars from different levels of their generations, Jeremy Irons is the true star, making such a big impact once he appears, Paul Bettany is great to watch with the truly confident performances and Zachary Quinto stepping into the film world never looking out of place. Everyone is great to watch throughout everything that unfolds.

StoryThe story here follows 24-hours in the world of an investment bank company as they look to cover up an error that will destroy their reputations and they look to cash in before it is too late. We do get to see just how heartless the financially world can be, with the people involved will do to save their own backsides. We do get to dive into a lot of the world, though we don’t learn everything about the deal which is going wrong, which is meant to be around a true story, we will be engaged in everything unfolding because we don’t know who will give the most important information along the way.

ThrillerThis is an interesting thriller that does keep us on edge of your seat as we wait to see how everything will land once the storm is done on the company.

SettingsThe film is set inside the main building as we see the meetings taking place, that will be dealing with different ideas, while the people around the floor will be leaving.


Scene of the Movie – John Tuld’s first appearance.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not learning about the actual deal that is causing the problems.

Final Thoughts This is a tense thriller that shows us how quickly the banking world can be turned upside down.

Overall: Keeps You Guessing.