The Best of Me
Theatrical Release Date: October 17th 2014
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: February 3rd 2015
Director: Michael Hoffman
Writers: J. Mills Goodloe (screenplay), Will Fetters (screenplay)
Based on the Novel Written by: Nicholas Sparks
Main Cast: Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Gerald McRaney
Genres: Drama | Romance
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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From Nicholas Sparks, this is the story of high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Also available: the special Tears of Joy edition with an all-new ending!
The Best of Me didn't fail to bring out those big fat tears during heart-felt moments! I love every single movie that has been adapted from a Nicholas Sparks' novel including this one now. Most of the books I've read before the movie releases but this time around, I had not. So I really enjoyed the "not knowing" feeling. From start to finish it was a solid performance.
The story begins in present tense but you'll soon discover, you go back in time to when the main characters met and their relationship began and what lead up to the present day. I enjoyed those glimpse, it helped me understand the grown up versions and what made them choose certain directions in their paths. You really do connect with both young and older versions of Amanda and Dawson. But if I had to choose which version captured my heart right away it was the young ones played by Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey. They had amazing chemistry. Their young love took me back in time and brought sweet memories forward again. Sparks really created two great characters that I'm sure were easy to translate into movie magic.
If your not familiar with the novel then let me give you a short version of the story. Dawson and Amanda are brought back together when the man that protected and saved Dawson passes away. They are called by the lawyer in charge of the estate to come and listen to what their beloved friend Tuck left them. They of course are surprised to see one another after several years (21 years). And all this puts so much into motion again. But at the same time you begin to see those glimpse into the past and begin to understand why they aren't together anymore. How does a love that strong, not stay together. This is why you will want to see The Best of Me, to understand. So when time continues to pass and they finally spread their friend's ashes in his old garden then fix up again, Tuck from heaven above helps these two folks open their hearts again.
Just remember though this is adapted from a Nicholas Sparks' novel, so tissue on hand is a requirement and yes wait for "that" moment. Because we know the Sparks' books have "that" moment. And The Best of Me doesn't fail to bring "that" moment and them some.
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