Fans of Nicholas Sparks will be happy to hear that another of his novels has been adapted for the screen. Starting with Message in a Bottle in 1999 and followed by enormous successes such as A Walk to Remember, the Notebook, Dear John, the Last Song and the Lucky One, Sparks’ movies have became a must-seen for lovers of romance and drama. His stories are always poignant and touching and the same goes for The best of Me. It is a love story that transcends time.
Coming from two very different backgrounds, Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) and Dawson (James Marsden) meet in high school and fall madly in love. Their families disagree with this union and only put obstacles in front of them. Only Tuck Hostetler, a recently widowed local mechanic, helps them. When he dies, twenty years later, we see the two former lovers having a bittersweet reunion. What happened to them? What finally drove them apart?
The director, Michael Hoffman, does an excellent job at transitioning back and forth between the present and the past. The only issue is the two sets of actors that have been chosen to play Dawson and Amanda. The public will have a hard time believing that they are the same people but later in life. Of course, we all understand the difficulty to find similar faces and expressions but they probably couldn’t have done much worse than that.
The story itself is nice, if you like chick flicks. There is romance of course but there is also a bit of action happening which is great. Unfortunately the ending is very predictable and personally, I found it really annoying. If you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks, you know that almost all of his ending are tear filled and wanting to destroy the viewer’s soul but this one is one of the most depressing up to date.
To sum it up I will say:
“The Best Of Me is neither the best Sparks adaptation, nor the worst; it’s merely the most recent.”
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