Movie: The Best Of Me
Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: Oh, oh. This movie is 100% chick-flick. Should I, Alan, even review it? Hmmmmmm. Why not?
First of all, if you have read any Nicholas Sparks novels, or seen any previous movie adaptations (Safe Haven, The Notebook, Message In A Bottle etc.), you pretty much know what the general themes are going to be. Basically, it is always young desperate lovers who somehow get separated for about 20 years, and then fate brings them back together again. In this particular story, Dawson Cole (Luke Bracey) is a smart kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Cute as a button Amanda Collier (Liana Liberato) thinks he is the bees knees anyway, despite coming from a scumbag family of drug dealers. Running away from two disapproving families, like Romeo and Juliet their love burns white hot, and they find a safe haven at the home of crusty old Tuck (Gerald McRaney). But then (ahem), something tears them apart for 20 years or so.
Act two, enter the older Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan). As Dooley Wilson famously stated in Casablanca, “There’s a lot of water under the bridge”. But circumstances force them to be together again (can’t say why – no spoiler here), and they revisit the past. Will there be a “happy ever after” resolution? This is at least a two Kleenex movie.
Actors To Watch: Ladies, I know you will not tire of the close-ups of James Marsden and those sparkling green (blue?) eyes. For me, Michelle Monaghan was the draw. She has shined in some blockbuster movies like Mission Impossible 3 (Tom Cruise’s wife), as well as good independent vehicles such as Trucker. Michelle is always a class act.
Huh? What the….: If there was a category for an unrelenting, irredeemably villainous a-hole in a film, the father of Dawson (Sean Bridgers) would get nominated. Jeez!
Then there’s that really big coincidence in the movie that I can’t tell you about….
Dialogue Nuggets: “Are ya too good for this family?”
“What do you think? Karma payback for being in a car that was honking?”
Amanda: “You don’t know how to flirt do you?” Dawson: “Guess not.” Amanda: “What are you going to do about it?”
“I just shot up a $17,000 pick-up truck. They’ll be back, whether you’re here or not.”
“I miss you getting all mad at me.”
“You’ve gotten better looking, which is so annoying! Couldn’t you have gotten bald or fat or something?”