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The Best of Me

The Best of Me (2014)

October. 17,2014
| Drama Romance

A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.


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Best movie ever!


This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.

Ella-May O'Brien

Each character in this movie — down to the smallest one — is an individual rather than a type, prone to spontaneous changes of mood and sometimes amusing outbursts of pettiness or ill humor.


I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.


It was filled with so much love and happiness but at the same time it was heartbreaking. Which made it even better.


You know what to expect before going into this: a star-crossed romance for lovers from different worlds, kisses in the rain, flashbacks, moonlight swims, fateful separations and the tragic death of at least one leading character.The scenery along the way is beautiful though and I enjoyed both the leads James Marsden & Michelle Monaghan but the story is pretty bland and I would say this in one of the weaker Nicholas sparks adaptions.It follows Amanda and Dawson, soul mates who met as teens, joining them decades later after they are torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. They of course have never forgotten each other and get a second chance when the passing of an old friend sees them "willed" back to his house to fulfill his final wishes. As they get reacquainted we flashback to them as teens, which was strangely done . It was meant to be 1993 but for some reason the director had it in his head to make it appear like the 1950's, with flouncy poodle skirts, drive ins and just a general feel. Honestly I won't remember this in about weeks time.

Mihai Toma

When a man and a woman meet as a result of a very close one's testament, their life flashes back before them, bringing memories of what amazing love story they had and how it could all have ended so abruptly. The emphasis is put on the past events, combining them with pieces of the present, elucidating till the end how it happened and what went so wrong.It's a dramatic plot, with many sad and hard situations being put on the main characters, putting their immense love into jeopardy. The present events reunite the two past lovers, awaking feeling which were thought lost forever, from twenty years ago when it all happened. It's an interesting course of events which keep you eager to find out what was the cause of the breakup and how it can end up. Unfortunately, the producers decided to create it as dramatic as possible, making a certain part of the past have a huge impact also on the present, thus bringing an unnecessary sad finale. After all they have been through in the past, it shouldn't have ended in such a manner which sort of proves the opposite of what the movie was trying to say.It's one of those movies which deserve a much better ending, one that can bring a light of hope and happiness to a much troubled couple which only wanted to be together till the end of time.

Reno Rangan

Based on one of the Nicholas Sparks book of the same name. The story of a failed high school romance who meet again later in their lives. But the flashback comes right away after the initial segment to reveal theirs young romance and what made them part away. Between the present and the past, it keeps up the momentum and concludes the tale with a twist. Though you would know mile away what's coming.I did not like all the films based on the stories from the original author. But this one looked okay to me, not so good or too bad. All his films are romance theme, but in this film, that part was very weak. I did not expect that, particularly emotionless when compared to his other flicks. Still, the filmmaking was decent, with the good actors. But the casting was confusing at the beginning for having two sets of actors and then soon it cleared out all the doubts.Kind of supernatural theme, but not a fantasy. Feels a bit long, because the story developments were slow and most of the parts are not interesting. This is not a romance film I was looking for, but different where everything was dragged to the final twist, especially since the accident that happened at the opening. I did not watch it till now, because I did not feel I wanted to after watching its trailer. But I knew some day I would see it and that is now. I don't know what you thought of it, but for me it is an average film.6/10