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.
As someone who read the book, I had my own preconceived notions of what Nick and Amy would look like or what Amy's diary voice would sound like. Though my version of Amy was a bit more shrill (yes, shrewlike) with a more constant state of narrowed eyes, Rosamund Pike brought a more subtle (and better, I admit) version to life that captivated me from the get-go. I mainly remember Pike as virtue personified in her role as Jane Bennet…