Movie Review: The Best of Me

Title: The Best Of Me
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Michael Hoffman
Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey, and Liana Liberato
Release Date: October 17, 2014

I haven't watched all of Nicholas Spark's adaptations, but The Best Of Me was certainly typical of what I have seen. While it tried really hard to be charming and romantic, it mostly came off as weepy and sentimental and full of clich├ęs.

I don't expect a lot out of movies like this. I just want to be entertained. And I did enjoy The Best of Me, at least until the last 10 minutes or so. The story leading up to THAT ending was pretty good.

Did it make me cry?

Only figuratively, due to the injustice and because I fell for what I thought would be a happy ending.

Would I read the book?
Uhm, no. Not with that ending, because I have a tendency to get emotional and cry. It's not pretty.

Would I recommend watching it?

Yes, but only if you've seen other movies by this author. At least you'll know what to expect.

Would I watch it again?

I think it's definitely worth watching again, but I don't think it will ever become one of my favorites.

There were parts of this movie that I really enjoyed. I liked the younger Amanda and Dawson as a couple more than I did the older version. And I liked the older Dawson best of all. On a totally shallow note, I certainly enjoyed looking at both versions of Dawson. Ahem. Shallow moment over.

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  1. I read the book, but the ending ticked me off, so I haven't watched the movie.

    1. See, if I had read the book I would have known about the ending. Sigh. I *think* I read somewhere that the DVD has an alternate ending..... I could really go for that!

  2. I adored the book, the ending slightly annoyed me but it's so Nicholas Sparks so I let it decide, thank you for sharing a fantastic review <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. Yes, I keep thinking that it's Nicholas Sparks so I should have predicted the ending. Oh well, there's always The Longest Ride - which I haven't read, but I really want to see if Scott Eastwood can act. Hopefully it has a better ending.


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