A sweeping love story brought to life by an older man reading to a woman about a teenage couple whose indelible summer affair came to a tragical halt in the midst of World War II. Seven years later, despite having radically taken different paths, they passionately reunite.
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The bits with Gena Rowlands & James Garner are great but the rest of this film is dreadful. I can't even begin to list all the things that are wrong with it. And I can't believe that John Cassavetes' son made this shlock. This apple not only fell far from the tree, it got processed into junk food. / / A side note: the screening I saw was full of old ladies wiping tears from their eyes with hankies. So there's that.
I must be getting more sentimental with the years as in '04 I found this film manipulative and somewhat corny.Tonight I found this tale of both young and eternal love quite touching and earnest. Featuring star making turns from Gosling and McAdams and fine shows from veterans Garner and Rowlands the film provides a lot of charm as it pulls on the heartstrings. Well constructed and shot despite the Sparks sappiness.
Liked this film quite a bit, but don't really comprehend all the hype and love it gets. The performances are fantastic, the script was great, but it hammers on the cliches. The "twist," if that's what we're calling it, can be predicted by the average moviegoer within the first few minutes, and the end, while sweet, didn't bring me to tears because I saw it coming. Not the greatest film, but definitely worth watching.
The thing about watching romantic movies and specifically Nicholas Sparks movies is that you should know what you're getting into and it will not be much different from any other exploited tearjerker movies. Particularly this movie, was very cheesy but I ate that cheese.
Having just read The Great Gatsby I couldn't help but feel that this film stole directly from it. In Gatsby a poor man meets a wealthy woman, they spend one summer month together before being torn apart for 5 years during which Gatsby fights in the war. Upon returning and finding new found wealth he doesn't build but rather buys the house of his former lovers dreams in the hopes she'll notice him. Weird.