Do you believe in the stars, romance and second chances in life? If you do, then this film is for you.
The story captures the enduring power of true love and the
wrenching choices one faces when confronted with second
Based on the novel of the same name by Nicolas Sparks, "The Best Of
Me" is the elusive love story of star-crossed lovers, Dawson
Cole and Amanda Collier.
Set in New Orleans, the film begins in a dramatic manner
capturing the routine on an oil-rig in the high seas, where Dawson
(James Marsden) is reading Stephen Hawking's book "The Grand
Design". He looks up at the sky to see the stars and he gets
On a parallel track, we witness Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) as
the dutiful Mrs. Reynolds telling her son that destiny is written
in the stars.
This is followed by a mishap on the oil-rig. Dawson survives a
100 feet fall in the cold waters of the high sea after seeing an
And soon after the death of a close friend and mentor of Dawson,
Tuck (Gerald McRaney) an elderly widower, the duo reunite after 21
years of being apart.
Narrated in a non-linear manner, we learn that Dawson is
hardworking, practical and as a matter-of-fact, sincere. He is the
unconventional, youngest son in a family of thugs governed by an
abusive father. On the other hand, Amanda is the romantic who
believes in the stars and is the only daughter of her wealthy
Soon, the two high school sweethearts find themselves at the
cross-roads of romance, when they realise that their backgrounds
and circumstances are not conducive to a healthy future.
While the story unfolds in two time frames, we are hooked by the
perfect casting and right doses of melodrama replete with elements
of love and loss.
Marsden and Monaghan play the older version, while Luke Bracey
and Liana Liberato play their younger versions. Their on-screen
chemistry reflects in their performances and they are well
supported by the rest of the cast.
Though predictable in its approach, the scenes make your heart
flutter, smile and weep with the highs and lows of the
With his soft wide-angled lenses, cinematographer Oliver
Stapleton captures nature and the lovers in the right spirit. The
golden-hued tones on the gleaming surface of the pond, the sun-lit
halo on Amanda's hair and the lovers' embrace on the cottage
verandah offer picture perfect romantic frames.
Also, Patrizia von Brandenstein's production design along with
the flashy cars coupled with costume designer Ruth E.Carter's
splendid outfits and the exotic locales adds to the viewing
In totality, Hoffman and his team capture the flamboyance of the
1990s along with the lilting background score in style, making it
an ideal film for a romantic date.
For others, it would be a mushy entertainer nevertheless.