I jumped at the opportunity to go to the new Nicholas Sparks movie, and it did not disappoint.
Known for his beautiful romantic novels, The Best of Me is the ninth of Nicholas Spark’s stories to be adapted to film. After the success of The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Lucky One, The Last Song and Dear John, The Best of Me had big shoes to fill. However, after watching it in the cinema, I’m convinced it could be the new Notebook.
So what makes it a must see movie? Firstly, the storyline is set around a pair of former high school sweethearts who are thrown together after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. An obvious similarity with The Notebook, it’s difficult not to enjoy a tale about first love.
However, it’s the way the film flashes seamlessly between present and past which draws you in the most. Far from boring flashbacks, I found myself enthralled for the entire two hours as I followed the lives of the two main characters, Dawson and Amanda.
Perhaps even more so than in his other films, the characters are entirely relatable and it is hard not to empathise with them. The Best of Me deals with a range of real life issues, with all of the characters facing more than their fair share of challenges.
If, like me, you thought it couldn’t get much sadder than The Notebook, think again. The Best of Me does not have the stereotypical happy ending for which you find yourself hoping. While aspects of the ending may be a bit farfetched, the overall situation is realistic, perhaps adding to the film’s charm.
If you enjoyed The Notebook or any of Nicholas Spark’s other films I highly recommend hightailing it to see The Best of Me – just make sure you don’t forget a box of tissues!
Which Nicholas Spark’s film adaption has been your favourite? Why not watch the trailer for The Best of Me?