The Kinky Tale of ‘Tessa and Hardin’: An Exclusive Review on ‘After We Collided’!

After We Collided Exclusive review
After We Collided Exclusive review

Riddled with complicated love life and embellished with some spicy romance, the movie ‘After We Collided’ continues its journey to hit the box office success. Based on the ‘The After’ novel series by Anna Todd the juicy romantic drama is flaunted with the convoluted love-trust relationships between a young adult couple named Tessa Young(Josephine Langford) and Hardin Scott (Fiennes Tiffin). Right from its inception, the movie has been at the center of debate among the movie buffs and erudite critics. Following the movie comes a variegated collection of reviews, both positive and negative.

‘Twilight’, ‘Fifty Shades’ and then ‘After’ : A Comparison

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Following the well known adult romantic tales such as the ‘Twilight Series’ and the ‘Fifty Shades’, the story of Tessa and Hardin in the ‘After’ series can be accounted as a cliched narrative- says a few factions on the one side. Drawing a line of comparison, one could easily find out the fact the three belong to the same family. All the three movies with its titillating grip over the audience has encapsulated the idea of mutual attraction and love being tied to physical needs alone. The guy going gaga and mad over his woman’s physique forms the basic cornerstone of these movies which thereby failed to capture the true intentions and meaning of love. 

Considering the ‘After series’, Tessa giving a second chance to Hardin despite being betrayed throws innumerable questions about the gender dichotomy where a woman is always bound to forgive and forget the other side of her man beneath his pretentious shield. Also, the guy initially pursuing a girl over a dare and finally falling for her after realizing her true spirit is yet another cliched thread line that the movie carried along with.

Towards the latter half of the movie,Tessa sashays off to play beer pong at a party while Hardin stays saying “I like to watch.” “I bet you do!” trills Tessa- an extreme mode of objectification in every sense. Later confiding in voiceover, Hardin says “I found my Elizabeth Bennet!” This unearned Austen reference is likely meant to refer directly to the English Lit class in the first film when he sneered “Elizabeth Bennet needs to chill!” while wearing a Ramones T-shirt. But in actual sense, it points its fingers towards the “Twilight” and “Fifty Shades,” – a similar cluster of movies revolving around the truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a dark secret and/or leather jacket must be in want of a prim, virginal nonentity to save him from himself.

What the ‘Afternates’ has to say

However, the Afternates are least bothered about the critical receptions of the movie. As far as they are concerned, the bolstering chemistry between Tessa and Hardin has sufficed their need, providing them with entertainment necessary for a deep and intertwined love story. At present questions are hurled up in their minds with regard to the release date of their favorite movie via Netflix which they are eagerly waiting for. According to them the movie cannot be viewed as a highbrow drama and preferred to watch it as an escapist fun catering to their libidinal fantasies.

The recent news about the third movie in the ‘After Series’ entitled as ‘After We Fell’ has given the afternates a spine chill and are anxiously waiting for it to hit the big screen.

Doesn’t sound like the recipe for box-office success, and yet After We Collided is set to become one of the hits of the year. As such, the movie is by no means a must-watch for anyone uninterested in the story, or those who watched the first film and felt it too shallow. But for those who attempt to watch the movie with realistic expectations about it being simple escapism may have a fun time to the fullest!