The Best Of Me: Review

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Nicholas Sparks’ novel adaptation is a poorly written romantic comedy about two former high school sweethearts reunited by the death of a loved one.

Twenty years have passed since Dawson (Gerald McRaney/ Luke Bracey) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan/ Liana Liberato) have seen each other.

The Best Of Me opens with Dawson working on an oil platform risking his life to save a colleague following an explosion and surviving against all odds. Shortly after, he receives the news that someone has passed away and travels to his small hometown to attend the funeral. This is where he runs into Amanda, who is unhappily married to an alcoholic and very reluctant to spend any time with Dawson. Nevertheless, neither has forgotten the passionate love they once shared.

Spanning two decades, the film is all about the unfolding of the events that drove the two apart and exploring whether there can be a second chance.

The Best Of Me features all the worst romantic clichés rolled into one, which makes it unintentionally comical. Clearly well shot, it is fairly obvious that a big budget has been spent to achieve great photography.

However, the story is terribly weak and painfully predictive, the dialogues are cringing and the casting choices so poor that the younger version of the male lead seems to share the same age as the older version.

As a fan of rom coms, I was sadly very, very disappointed. One to avoid.


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