February 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Directed by: Nick Cassavettes (I’d have to say his best movie is either this one or She’s So Lovely, but I haven’t seen the latter film in over a decade so that would require a re-watch)
Written by: Jeremy Leven and Jan Sardi adapted Nicholas Sparks’ novel to the screen
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Joan Allen, Sam Shepard, Kevin Connolly, David Thornton and James Marsden
What it’s about: a man reads from a book to attempt to revive a woman’s memory
What I liked: First of all, the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams is off-the-charts explosive. I mean, explosive in a good way. You truly get the sense that these characters loved each other passionately. The story is fairly by-the-numbers, and without Gosling and McAdams starring, it would probably have been a forgettable film, no matter what director Nick Cassavettes did. The movie looks gorgeous, and the acting throughout is decent. The characters feel real, in particular the poor James Marsden character, who reacts in a fairly realistic manner to life-changing news. Plus, he’s charming!
What I disliked: Well, with any romantic drama (romama? dramantic?) there is an inherent quantity of cheesiness, and that is not absent throughout the entire movie.
Would I recommend it to anyone?: Certainly. No, wait. Some people will think it is just a “chick flick” (a designation I detest), and they will be pre-disposed to hate it, no matter how good it is. I’d recommend it to people that like good movies.
Rating: 4 / 5