Imagine you meet the love of your life 2 decades later in the most bizarre but expected circumstance? What ensues is a predictable yet delicate story of unrequited love. It is based on a novel of the same name, by Nicholas Sparks, who has written 18 other novels, 8 of which have been successful films. Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, to name a few.
Director Michael Hoffman provides us with a well shot film, all the aesthetics are in place and he has perhaps tried to repair the short-comings of the story by the visuals. From the first scene onwards, the treatment of the film is magical in the realms of reality. The fate of two lovers and the emotions they experience weaves in and out of the unexpected and accurate guess work.
The surprise element of the story is not the romance, but the antagonism and its very consistent role. It maintains speed and depth with the love quotient and never fails to surprise you. The strength of the film is its unsaid moments, between the line feelings and the true blue power of pure young love. It falters when it is reunited but makes up for it in the end. An end you hope against hope is true, or a far-fetched guess that it could be. Actors James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato do justice to their respective ages and roles.
Slow paced and visually stunning, with many different types of relationships being addressed, it is a complete watch.