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Movie Reviews: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

Movie Reviews: The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

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Movie Reviews

I like to go to movies because it’s one of the rare times in my life where a two hour block of time is basically uninterrupted. No phone. No internet. Just a tasty treat, a dark room with a comfy chair and a story that comes to life in front of me. This is my idea of doing something good for myself.

Unfortunately, there really aren’t that many movies that fit the kind of story I like. Character-driven, emotional with a good love story as part of the plot.

The Best of Me, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, did fit the bill. Second chances, first loves reunited. Definitely my kind of story.

Here’s the synopsis from the Nicholas Sparks website.

“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She’d believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen.”

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew—about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear—was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

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I loved the love story of Amanda and Dawson. The story went back and forth between the past and the present, and the movie had different actors for the young and older versions of the characters. This threw me a bit at first, but as I became involved in the story, I stopped noticing that. Both versions of the characters were appealing.

Dawson grew up in a bad home with a father who beat him and sold drugs for a living. Dawson wanted out of that life, and meeting Amanda made him see that he could actually have a different life. But the father doesn’t want him to turn his back on his family, and he’s a bad enough person to do everything he can to ensure that.

This is a story where you’ll be rooting for both characters, wanting them to have a life together. And even if things don’t go exactly as we love-story-lovers would like for them to, the viewer is left with a sense of rightness to the events that take place.

If you need a little time for yourself and a good story to get lost in, go see The Best of Me. It does the heart good.

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