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‘A Better You’ Review: Romance and social media during a steampunk age

A familiar story in a fantastic setting.

Recent months have seen the world become more digital than ever before. Teleconferencing and virtual watch parties are not new, but they are definitely more prevalent. With each day, more people become accustomed to this new way of life. Stories about life in a digital world have long been popular. One theme explored often is trying to find love in this type of world. A Better You is about a young man who uses cloning technology to impress the woman of his dreams.

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Scheduled to screen at the since cancelled Tribeca Film Festival, A Better You is a thinly veiled metaphor for social media. Douglas spends most of his time in front of a computer. This includes chatting online at home. When he finally gets a date, he is at a loss. Talking through a computer was easy, but actual interaction seems like too much. Thankfully, advanced technology have made it possible to circumvent actually having to meet others.

Director and writer Eamonn Murphy captures what it is like to live in today’s world. There is a sense of joy and awkwardness that comes with a face to face meeting. But what makes A Better You so enjoyable is how this parallel is just a backdrop to a larger story. Murphy’s tale is a traditional love story. The setting makes it topical, but the story makes it endearing.

Aside from its story beats, A Better You looks great. Its steampunk setting sets it apart without ever seeming too unbelievable. The film is also reminiscent of the classics of early 20th century Hollywood. The commercials for the product are a nice touch that further establishes the world. This is a great example of standing out without being overpowering.

A movie dealing with how technology has affected the dating world does not immediately grab attention. Just like any other subject, there needs to be compelling writing to make the whole thing work. A Better You delivers a strong story against this familiar backdrop. It, beautiful setting and tale of romance is relatable and an enjoyable watch.

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