Brought Tears To My Eyes!! It was THAT GOOD! (by jcmann01)
I was looking for a nice romantic flick to bring my girlfriend to so it could set the mood for the evening. Well, that plan failed and I ended up bringing my ex to the movies to see it instead. It really touched me in a deep way that no other love story has in the past. Sounds kinda corny, but for me, it touched on some areas. Well, needless to say, we held hands all during the movie and more later.Okay, so I read up on the reviews before coming to see this movie and they all made it sound like a boring box office flop, BUT reviews can be very deceiving because this was a diamond that was <more>
tarnished by viewers who had NO clue what a romantic flick this really is about! So my advice to you is to go and see it with an open mind and heart and let the movie just unveil itself to your heart and mind and see what happens... best wishes!
Nicholas Sparks is a very dramatic author. Most of his stories end in heartache if not all. He's not one of my favorite authors but I love the movies based on his books. I'm a sucker for old school romance. This movie in particular is so close to my heart, it's the first movie my husband and I watched with our friends after our marriage. It's so romantic and so sad but a good wakeup call to those who always choose wrong in life especially in the matrimonial department. After all it's not about money, wealth or other people. It's about the person you love and trust the <more>
Dawson James Marsden and Amanda Michelle Monaghan reunite after 20-years apart. They were teenage lovers, but life interfered and each went their separate way. They are brought together again via their friend Tuck Gerald McRaney who took a liking to both and a sort of protective father to the young Dawson Luke Bracey , who was subjected to an abusive father Tommy Cole Sean Bridges .This is a very good love story and you will need a box of Kleenex to get through it. Maybe two. All this works due to the performance of the younger Amanda Liana Liberato who is full of life, love and <more>
perception. and who we see in flashbacks with the younger Dawson. When we see the older Amanda we remember the younger Amanda and hope we see some of the younger Amanda in her. Takes a while but we do see that from time to time. But Liberato's performance trumps all because we are constantly reminded of her strong performance throughout regardless of what younger or older version of her we see. I don't think this movie would have the impact it has if it were not for Liana Liberato. Yes, I am a big fan. An Oscar for Liana Liberato? Definitely. The chemistry between the younger Dawson and the younger Amanda is pure gold mostly because of the younger Amanda. Hey, still a fan we see that .There are some bumps along the way for both the younger and older Dawson with Tommy the abusive father and Dawson's brothers. Even though these are the bad guys in here they did a bang up job.We see a lot of Tuck throughout in flashbacks and wish he was in the present, but he leaves the cabin to both of them in the hope they would reunite as he knew the hardships both have endured and he also knew they loved each other. I wouldn't mind if Gerald McRaney got an Oscar nod too as he was exceptional in here.There is a twist in here and when you see it, you should already be on that 2nd Kleenex box. The entire cast performed exceedingly well, but you will remember the younger Amanda for a long, long time still a fan, I see . Hey, I'm serious about that Kleenex box. Actually two. 10/10 Violence: Yes. Sex: Yes. Nuidity: No. Language: Yes, some not much.
I don't read the book I'll hope I do it in the near future but I like the film very much. It makes me think a lot about the life, especially, about the second chances.. Sometimes if people want something, they should do it and try it and fight for it. Because sometimes there is no second chances. Like the words from soundtrack "I wanna fall in love again. But this time.. But this time.." The sadness thing is then Amanda decide to tell her husband about her feelings to Dawson and it looks like everything will be alright. But suddenly everything turns over upside down: her <more>
son gets in the car accident. While Dawson faces up with his dad. Actually, I don't understand how can be such a bad I should write it in capital letters person like Dawson's dad. He don't care about others, he don't't have the goals in his life or maybe his goal is making mess in other lives. It'll be better if he would never go back from the prison. So.. When Amanda hears about what happen to Dawson it makes me really to cry.. One thing - that Dawson's heart go to Amanda's son it was not a surprise for me. But the one thing was clear - his heart will always be alive, always be with his lover and always loves. Because they found the true love. Many so many people don't imagine and realize what is the love, what does it mean to love and love back. They found each other and it was the best thing for them ever happen. But life isn't perfect. Sometimes life is sadness, unhappy, cruel. And when people ask "Are you happy?" you can answer "yes" or "no". In this movie people feel all the purest feelings but in the end of the movie the answer of the question is "No". Because it is life..
I was on "sofa rest" due to a sore neck this weekend. I stumbled upon The Best of Me on Netflix and gave it a try. I did not read the book so I watched with an open, fresh mind. I LOVED the movie...but I was not prepared for the end. I was so happy that true love was going to finally prevail and that tragic end took my breath away...and I was actually very sad.It was a love story with many obstacles as is real life. I wish Dawson and Amanda ended up together and I kind of figured out that her son was going to get Dawson's heart.Even so, it was a great love story and I loved the <more>
main characters and the actors who portrayed them. The actors had great chemistry and you just so wanted them to stay together. They were so were believable and the acting was great!! Sweet Jane is now on my ITunes:
The Best of Me is a romantic drama that will bring you on an emotional roller-coaster ride from beginning to end. The movie is based on one of Nicholas Sparks' famous novels. I believe the movie followed the book very well in the storyline of the novel and its descriptions. The Best of Me did not portray to me as a typical love story written by Nicholas Sparks. The reason for this is that The Best of Me is about giving two middle aged people a second chance at the love they once had rather than in many of his novel like, A Walk to Remember, where two teenagers hopelessly fall in love. For <more>
me, I personally liked the different emotions expressed throughout the film. One minute the movie had me crying, the next minute I could be laughing. The actress Michelle Monaghan, playing Amanda and the actor James Marsden, playing Dawson were able to enthrall the audience with their emotions. I think both of these actors resembled the characters' characteristics in the novel. My favorite part about the movie was that the unexpected always occurred when you least expected it. My one and only criticism for The Best of Me was the ending. The ending doesn't leave you with satisfaction, it leaves you with wanting to know more about the storyline and the characters. The ending is very tragic and ends in a way that leaves you speechless. If you are not one to like sad, emotional movies I do not recommend this. I believe the ending of the movie was a result of fate while other viewers may have depicted it as a coincidence. Another criticism someone might have is how the movie often was set in the past and switched back and forth between that and the present. I personally did not find it difficult to follow but I understand if someone found it confusing. I highly recommend The Best of Me if you are interested in a waterworks romantic drama.
I really enjoyed this movie, but I must give a disclaimer... I never read the book, so I can't base my rating on how accurately the movie follows the book. I found that this movie had a lot of twists in it and wasn't as predictable as most other romance movies. Also, it didn't hurt that James Marsden is great to look at. I thought the actress who played young Amanda was really good, and I loved seeing the story as the two were growing up & also in modern times. I'm not sure why this movie has gotten so much hate... I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and would even pay to <more>
see it again if I get the chance.I was not a fan of The Notebook, and would much rather watch this movie instead of The Notebook. Sure, the movies probably don't follow Nicholas Sparks' books super detailed, but they're good to watch if you're in the mood for a heartfelt love story.
This is not a typical Nicholas Sparks adaptation.Yes, this film is cheesy, this film's corny, this film's cliché. But to judge this film based on that alone is to completely ignore the context and conventions of its genre. It's not a ground- breaking film by any means, but it is ground-breaking if we're talking about Romances, specifically Sparks adaptations.Anyone complaining about the typical formula i.e., girl meets boy, girl's family doesn't like boy's family, the two lovers persevere, etc. clearly hasn't seen this movie. Amanda the female protagonist <more>
's father does fall into the typical mold of a disapproving, upper-class father who wants the boyfriend out of the picture so his daughter can have a bright future. But unlike a slew of other Romances and even Sparks' own adaptations , he's in the film for a very, very brief amount of time. In fact, I'd go so far as to say he's not at all crucial to the film. If anything, his part was intended to play to the demographic and nothing else, which while regrettable, should say something about how this film stands up on its own without relying on clichésI noted that film deals with real-life issues. We see issues of class, family, and self-esteem illustrated much better than most Sparks adaptations I've seen. Sean Bridgers knocks it out of the park with his downright of patriarch and sociopath Tommy Cole, father of protagonist Dawson Cole. The Cole clan in particular - a gang of drug-dealing ? , abusive, sickos really deserving of the title "white trash" - brings this film to life. They represent a segment of society that we rarely ever get to see on screen. This film, unlike some of Sparks' other works, does not cast a glowing light on the White South, and instead we get to the gritty, shameful parts that actually made me forget what movie I was watching. On top of all that, we get to see the consequences of trying to break away from the most perverted "families" that are present in every-day life. We get to see how that cycle of anger, shame, and ostracism fuels the dirty and violent blood feuds that still exist in the underbelly of this country. Luke Bracey shows us what it's like for a young person dealing with this life, to have their ambitions silenced, and the true pain that comes with leaving one's family.Above all, this film speaks to regret. Spoilers ahead All the tragedies and hardships that meet the protagonists, unlike previous Sparks adaptations, actually don't pull them together. We do see some of that smarmy "Life's hard but we still love each other anyway" stuff throughout the film, but for once we get to see that narrative broken. Dawson's and Amanda's relationship gets tested, and for a while it goes on, but ultimately Dawson's predicament proves too dark for their relationship to hold out. It seems cliché for him to cut if off while in jail, but isn't that what we saw in The Hurricane 1999 and other great films? This is a film about love, and the sacrifice that Dawson makes is really believable considering that. After taking separate paths, both characters have to deal with that regret and questions of "what if?"The issue of casting is one that shouldn't be ignored, but one that can't rightly be criticized too much in the case of Marsden. The late Paul Walker, the original choice for Adult Dawson, would have bared more resemblance to Bracey, but we can't fault Marsden or anyone working on this film for having to deal with that circumstance. Marsden pulls it off in the end. Does he do it as well as Walker would have? We may never know, and it's pretty disrespectful to even ask the question, as many reviewers are doing. This film is what it is. The end spoilers ahead really tripped me up. Yes, it's so cliché that I couldn't believe it for a minute, but this film is about coincidences and fate, so after considering that, it's not fair to judge it based on statistics. This is a realm that crosses from the sordid into the miraculous. But really - and this is something I didn't even notice until after walking out of the theater - what really tested the limits of this genre was that this wasn't a happy ending. It was a bittersweet and somewhat cheesy ending, sure, but it wasn't happy. They don't end up together. The last notes are in a way quite comforting, but unresolved. Maybe some people don't like that, but I sure did. What happens to Amanda's son? Yes, he lives, but how does he feel about his parents' divorce? Did they even divorce? What happens to Aaron? And, by the way, Robby Rasmussen deserves a damned Oscar for playing two characters so well. What about Amanda? We aren't sure if she ever really moves on. What are her regrets? Does she have any regrets left at all, or maybe a whole new set of regrets?This film takes some getting used to and some further consideration beyond what's happening on the surface. On the surface, it's just another Romance, but it takes a little more thought. For being so panned for its formulaic nature, this film challenged a lot conventions not only followed by Sparks, but by the whole genre of Romance. It's interesting, to say the very least, and is well worth the watch.
Following an explosion on his oil rig, Dawson James Marsden has a glimpse of the girl he loved from his teenage years. Elsewhere, Amanda Michelle Monaghan is home with her alcoholic husband and teenage son, wondering what went wrong in her life and thinking of her first true love. When the news that their old friend Tuck Gerald McRaney has passed away, Dawson and Amanda are reunited and assigned to spread Tuck's ashes. As well as confront the ghosts of their past from their youth. The film is an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. While I personally wasn't <more>
a huge fan of the novel, I found the film to be much better. The love story and history of the two lead characters and fleshed out more, as was the character of Tuck. While it did feature some major differences in the last act, it worked well. That aside, as a film, it is a very sweet love story not as great as some of Sparks' prior films however . As we watch the story unfold between Amanda and Dawson as adults, we are given flashbacks to them as teenagers played by Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato , which leads to where they find themselves today. Bracey and Liberato provide great performances as the younger Dawson and Amanda, they're great on their own, and have great chemistry to where we really buy them as couple. Bracey plays Younger Dawson with charm and innocence. Liberato shines as Younger Amanda. We initially see her as this pretty and bubbly girl, but she has an edge to her that Liberato shows off flawlessly. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan play the older versions of the two characters. While the chemistry isn't nearly as concrete as the younger versions, we do get a decent feel of a relationship between the two. On their own, Monaghan gives the better performance of the two as a woman torn between the life of her past and the life she currently has. Marsden's performance, while not terrible, is hardly note-worthy. He definitely could have given more heart into the role as opposed to charm. One of the most note-worthy performances of the film however is Gerald McRaney as Tuck from the couple's younger years. We first see him as a hard-ass old man, but he grows to show his heart when these two teens come into his life. McRaney provides the most humor and heart in the story and easily becomes the most likable character in the movie. Like most Nicholas Sparks movies, it will only appeal to certain crowds. It has its really cheesy moments, but deep down there is a lot to its core, apart from dealing with love, it deals with life in general and where it takes us and where we can go from there.The Best of Me features decent to solid performances with heart-felt and tear-jerking moments. However in the long run it doesn't set itself too far apart from the Nicholas Sparks formula.My Rating: 8/10