It seems as though Chris Evans and his fellow Avenger actors have been dedicating a large portion of their acting efforts to proving that they are more than Marvel allows them to be in the superhero flicks. Sure, they can all play simple hero characters, but for most of them, there’s more than meets the eye. For his costars Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo, they have a whole career of work to fall back on, but someone like Chris Evans has a lot to prove. For the best example of Evans proving his abilities, see last year’s Snowpiercer, which was excellent.
I suppose Before We Go is one of these films intended to prove Chris Evans’ skills. The movie stars Evans and Alice Eve, and takes place over the course of one New York evening. If you want to know about the plot, I would stay way from IMDb, whose only plot description is “A young woman in New York City races to catch the 1:30 Train to Boston. On the way she is robbed”, which is not at all what the movie is about. It’s about the two leads’ characters as they deal with their messed up love lives and get each other through a rough night. This is Evans’ directorial debut, and although it is not really an ‘artsy’ film (it’s a romance/drama flick), but the real question is: Is it Good?
In short, yes. The movie is not without its flaws, but the overall package is a cute, charming film with a warm feel that features some good directing and cinematography. I would say that the best aspect of the movie is the surprisingly genuine performances given by both leading actors. Although his part was not incredibly written, Chris Evans was charming and charismatic, and Alice Eve brought her A-game as well. There’s something about Alice Eve’s voice and the way she acts that gives off an air of sincerity that I really respect.
I would recommend Before We Go to my friends, because it is a well-directed, well-acted movie, that is fairly heartwarming. It is cursed with some decent-at-best writing, but excels in almost all other fields.