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Quite lovely, actually,
This review is from: Nights In Rodanthe [DVD]  (DVD)I'm 29, and I have to admit, it was so refreshing seeing a beautifully told love story for people of an older generation. There seems to be this taboo surrounding it where, upon turning 40 or so, people no longer need to feel loved, and are no longer capable of experiencing love that gives you butterflies and knocks your feet from under you and leaves you poleaxed. This film puts paid to that in short order.
Nicholas Sparks is the father of romance - a lone male voice in amongst a sea of oestrogen - and he has a way of creating epic love that puts you right there with the people feeling it. Film adaptations don't really live up to the standard of the book (the only exception being, perhaps, The Notebook another of Sparks's [a film of such power and beauty I don't even know the words to describe it]) but Nights in Rodanthe comes close - with one complaint.
Adrienne and Paul (Diane Lane and Richard Gere respectively, last seen together in Unfaithful) fall in love over the space of a weekend while alone in an inn that sits right on the beach. The cinematography is *stunning*: it's all washed out blues and bleached skies; bleak foamy seas and desolate sand dunes and long peppermint grasses being whipped about by the wind. The world created is insular and beautiful and mirrors their loneliness, and as they hold onto each other mid-storm, you can certainly see how deeply romantic the it is.
Add to that, both characters are going through difficult times, and both desperately need to be brought back to life; they both need to meet someone they could love... and yet, somehow the chemistry isn't quite there. Equally, the film isn't long enough to really make the depth of their love credible. I absolutely believe we can fall in love quickly - instantly, even. But it takes time for that love to flourish and to put down roots, and Adrienne and Paul go from being strangers to soul-mates in the space of 20 minutes or so, as both the build-up and "epilogue" are lengthier.
Something else Nicholas Sparks is a master at is heart-rending finalés, and this is no different. When Paul leaves the inn to work with sick children in Southern America (with his estranged son, played by James Franco of Spiderman fame) he and Arienne communicate by sending letters, and it's this old fashioned type of love that Sparks makes real. No emails or texts, no txt spk and "lols", but hand-written letters full of declarations and honesty. The problem is, this segment is done almost entirely in montage format so, again, it misses a huge (much needed) opportunity to drive home that these 2 people were created with the sole purpose of meeting and loving one another. Nevertheless, when tragedy strikes, it's genuinely painful, and the performances are completely mesmerising from everyone involved.
So while its power to affect is undeniable, and it's a gorgeous film to look at, the lack of exploration and depth means this is only a 4-star film where it so easily could have have been 5. But it is still highly recommended viewing - best watched with chocolates, girly friends and several boxes of tissues.
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2008 13:42:13 GMT
DL Productions UK says:
Another good'un Anna :D
Posted on 24 Jan 2009 10:35:53 GMT
Big Bertha says:
Hi Anna, nice review! I watched this last night and really enjoyed it. Didn't think it was a good as the book though - but then films rarely are;)
Posted on 25 Jan 2009 20:52:57 GMT
Alessi Lover says:
This sounds like a wonderful film to watch on a Sunday afternoon cuddled up in front of the fire and as you say a box of chocs.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2009 18:52:33 GMT
Thank you, Big B :o) Have you read/watched The Notebook? Tis just... nnnnggh. Amazingness.
It really is, Mrs. C! Have never really seen the appeal of Richard Gere but he's varry good in this. Very sort of, dashing in a damaged-want-to-making-things-better-for-
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2009 22:14:53 GMT
Big Bertha says:
Yes Anna have seen and read The Notebook - luvvverly film! The Guardian is my favourite Nicholas Sparks book.
Posted on 8 Feb 2009 05:16:29 GMT
thanks for the great review.. I always have mixed reactions about Richard Gere but did like him very much in 'Unfaithful'
so I imagined their connection [chemistry] in this new movie would be as good.. but you said it wasn't really there..
however, I am going to purchase the movie and maybe I will read the book.. I also love romantic scenery so that alone will hold me spellbound.. and how nice to see a mature couple sharing love and affection instead of the always young folks who do not have the maturity to carry this off...
Posted on 18 Sep 2012 16:39:36 BDT
A very well written and informative write up. Thanks.
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