Yet another movie that was beyond overhyped before I finally got to it. I also couldn't help thinking how odd it was that they superficially set this story in Japan but all of the characters were American according to the language they used, Western mannerisms, etc. That stuck out like a sore thumb for me throughout the film so while I enjoyed the story, I never crossed into this world fully.
The Best of Me feels a bit like the older sibling of The Notebook. Grittier obstacles, less parental interference (bc c'mon, this isn't Victorian England), and more inclusive of characters other than the star-crossed lovers. That said, the premises still retain enough melodrama of the Nicholas Sparks variety so that the ultimatum-loving chick flick fans will not be disappointed.
My main bone to pick (other than this being your typical romantic melodrama) were the lack of physical continuity between the…
I don't know why I resisted laughing in the beginning of this movie but I stopped being a party pooper at the appearance of the $37 cup of coffee. I especially loved the ridiculous dei ex machina when they were momentarily stuck out on the sea. Perhaps blasphemy to some but this felt like a nimbler rendering of the story the emotionally cumbersome Wreck-It Ralph tried to tell.
My expectations were a bit too high after seeing all the high ratings. Perhaps I should have read some of the reviews before seeing it to appreciate it better? It also probably didn't help that I watched this on my laptop screen in a distracted state and that kept me from full immersion but I did notice the excellent portrayals of Amelia (Essie Davis) and Samuel (Noah Wiseman). (Unbelievable how that little boy can act the socks off of most…