The Best of Me (2014)

The Best of Me (2014)
  • Time: 117 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Michael Hoffman
  • Cast: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey


Amanda and Dawson are soul mates who met as teens and were from different backgrounds. But circumstances would force them to part ways. 20 years they are brought back together by the passing of a mutual friend. So they go back home to fulfill his final wishes they run into each other. While Amanda is married, albeit unhappily, she still has feelings for Dawson but she can’t forgive him for pushing her away.


  • The Best of Me, the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, doesn’t mess with the formula that has been sustained by eight previous page to screen transfers, most notably The Notebook. There are pretty people living, loving, and suffering in pretty places. There will be at least one kiss in the rain and/or declarations of love as a golden sunset sighs in the distance. Heartstrings will be pulled, and the story will manage to be both overplotted and underdeveloped.

    Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as adults, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato as teenagers) are the latest in the line of Sparks’ star-crossed lovers. Dawson has just survived an oil rig explosion with nary a scratch; the miracle has prompted him to re-evaluate his life and wonder at its purpose. He’s called back to his Louisiana hometown by the death of his friend and surrogate father Tuck (Gerald McRaney). Also prompted to return is Amanda, Dawson’s high-school sweetheart whom he hasn’t seen for 21 years.

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  • This film was based off of the Nicholas Sparks book by the same name. I personally did not read the book, so I didn’t know if the book was better than the movie or not. The movie to me was very moving, and also very heartwarming. The younger characters of Dawson Amanda, played by Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato were very spot on. They portrait the love that both versions of Dawson and Amanda had for each other.

    Yes, this film is cheesy, this film’s corny, this film’s cliché. But to judge this film based on that alone is to completely ignore the context and conventions of its genre. It’s not a ground- breaking film by any means, but it is ground-breaking if we’re talking about Romances, specifically Sparks adaptations.

    While some wouldn’t like a romance movie regardless of how well it was made, I still think most should see this film at least once. It was wonderful and yeah….its a tearjerker, but expected. I really loved this.
    You can possibly find the one person you would love for your entire life and most don’t ever find it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean everything will work out. Life happens and no matter what we do, we can only try and do our best with what we’ve got.

    The title of the film was perfect and towards the end of the movie, it finally dawned on me what the title truly meant.
    You may never know how things will play out in life, but when you love someone you will give them the best part of you. All you want is their happiness and things happen for a reason. It was extremely sad but I thought it sends a great message. Even though I was very upset about how it ended after everything Amanda and Dawson had gone through.

    While some of Sparks stories are a bit too sappy for me, I really enjoyed this one and appreciate the sacrifices made.

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