I may look like your average manly man, but I’ve got a big ole’ soft spot for romantic films. There’s something nice about watching two attractive folks fall in love. Sure most of it’s goofy, but when done right, Romance is the best genre out there. But, that might not be the case with the latest in a long line of Nicholas Sparks book adaptations, The Best of Me. Starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan (and Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato as a younger version of the couple) as a couple of high school sweethearts who meet in their small town after twenty years. That’s it, and that’s very troublesome.
The better Nicholas Sparks tales have awesome twists: Safe Haven has a ghost, The Notebook has Alzheimer’s Disease, A Walk to Remember has leukemia, Nights in Rodanthe has death, The Lucky One is super creepy, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Where’s the twist? What makes this different from everything else? I’m hoping future trailers reveal some of that good stuff.
The Best of Me releases October 17th.