So, the ‘spasm’ continued with a Romantic Drama, after the not so great, Love, Rosie. But, The Best of Me makes Love, Rosie look like a Stanley Kubrick production! That’s a major exaggeration, but you get the point.
Needless to say, FilmMunch.com does not approve of The Best Of Me.
So this is the ninth attempt by writer Nicholas Sparks to master the rom-drama genre, and boy, what a failure, in fact his past few attempts have been blanks. It’s most likely that The Notebook, loved by most, was the peak. You can feel that he’s tried to re-create the scale from The Notebook, but hasn’t even left the starting block!
First, the cast. Wow, the cast! First I want to mention that Paul Walker (r.i.p) was cast for the role as the older version of Dawson (James Marsden). I think this was a curse for the film, because the story is a nice story, and touching, expect for the last 3rd of the film. It kind of gets beyond believable at that point. Anyway, the cast! So we have a young version of the couple, and as soon as you see the young Dawson (Luke Bracey), it’s instantly laughable, and you can’t take it seriously anymore. This destroys the back and forth anti-linear story telling, because you honestly can’t match these two people as being the same, they don’t only look completely different, but they don’t mesh! The female choices aren’t any better. Older Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) and young Amanda (Liana Liberato) aren’t look-a-likes.
Secondly, the story. It seems that the director completely ignored the romance in this romance drama, and chose to make it 100% drama. Trust me, there is drama after drama in this one! Have mercy!
Thirdly, the ending. It’s just tacky and kind of wrong. I know that some might think it’s the most wonderful thing ever, but not here, sorry FilmMunchers.
The Best Of Me is best of trash, some minor good bits, but mostly silly. You might get a good laugh out of this, I know I did.
TRIVIA COOKIE: This film had the worst opening, monetary-wise, out of any of Nicholas Sparks novel adaptions.