Director: Michael Hoffman
Cast: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey, Sean Bridgers, Gerald Mcraney, Sebastian Arcelus
Written by: Nicholas Sparks, Michael Hoffman, J. Mills Goodloe , Will Fetters
Rating: 3.5 / 5
So, here I am, writing a movie review again, this time for the latest flick, a beautiful (despite being cliché) love story – The Best of Me! Not that I wanted to watch it, somehow I did. All thanks to my dearly crazy sis who would have killed me for a day if I wouldn’t have accompanied her. After all, she got the tickets booked days ago. Anyway, the movie is definitely for people who believe in love! It is indeed an imperfect-but-eternal-romance!
In every respect the movie seems to be a bit above an average scorer with nice, sweet love story to keep you well entertained. After all, you are a die-hard romantic and you have loved watching A Walk to Remember and The Notebook and so you are going to love this one too!
Starring James Marsden as Dawson and Michelle Monaghan as Amanda in present, the movie begins with both meeting each other following the death of their mutual considerate friend Tuck (Gerald McRaney). The meeting rekindles the flame of love that was put to death years ago.
Twenty (21 to be precise!) years ago (so as the fairytales move on), there were a wealthy yet sweet-at-heart girl (Amanda) and a smart, good-at-heart yet abused boy (Dawson). At the age when following butterflies seems fascinating; when watching stars and fantasising things or believing in ‘destined paths’ is more than an insane interest the two honey bees meet and fall in love after instantly realising that they are meant for each other, ONLY.
Nevertheless, where there is love, there is pain too! Amanda and Dawson were compelled to choose different life paths by ill-fated proceedings. Amanda’s affluent father (Jon Tenney) didn’t approve of their relationship and wanted the best for her daughter whereas Dawson’s father (Sean Bridgers) treated him as a ‘poor white trash’. Somehow, Dawson’s close and only friend gets murdered for which Dawson believed him to be responsible and thereby was sent to prison. Amanda followed Dawson for almost a year but after being told to ‘move on’ by him, marries Frank.
Now, Dawson is an oil rig worker and Amanda is married to Frank (Sebastian Arcelus) and has an adorable son Jared (Ian Nelson). Their reunion after two decades brings back the tenacious past memories and their love which is stronger than death is set ablaze as ever. But as said earlier that love never runs smoother, Nicholas Sparks’ truism twists and turns make the two adults separate their life paths again. This time for worse and ever!
True love never runs smoother but then never, ever fades away! With every other beat of your heart it grows stronger, just like it is! It is indeed once-in-a-lifetime affair and has all the power to turn you into a completely different person. The path that your heart takes you on might seems arduous or unrealistic but it does lead you to an appreciative destination in the end. So is the message that this ultimate romance gives away.
Fair acting by the leading actors and some precious, romantic moments (especially the one when Amanda tells Dawson that he was and will always be ‘The Best of Her’) makes the movie an unforgettable romance! There are a few slips too – Marsden and Michelle, although make a pretty couple, miss a bit of chemistry. And then, younger Dawson (Bracey) nowhere resembles the older Dawson (Marsden) – in fact, he seems older!
A couple of romantic numbers fill the gaps in movie. Particularly the musical performances like ‘Hold On’ by SHEL and Gareth Dunlop; ‘Lead Me’ by Kip Moore; and ‘In Love Again’ by Colbie Caillat are worth to be added to your podcast!