The Best of Me marks the ninth film of Nicholas Sparks adaptation, which stars James Marsden (X-Men), Michelle Monaghan (Source Code), Liana Liberato (If I Stay) and Luke Bracey (The November Man). The film already took a beating from the critics but as far as I'm concerned it was not bad at all to deserve an 8% rating.
Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) are former high-school sweethearts. The two met again after 20 years when their old friend Tuck (Gerald McRaney) passed away. They both know that they still have feelings for each other despite the long years that have passed. Will Dawson find the time for a second chance with Amanda?
Same with other Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me relies on romantic drama theme centralizing with its story and sentimental lines that will easily capture a girl's heart. It manages to deliver a steady pace shifting from the past and present stories without getting complicated or boring. However, the film is hampered with cliches and a bit predictable at times.
As for the cast, it wasn't the perfect choice, but they manage to pull it through. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan were okay but a bit short with their chemistry issues. Luke Bracey is miscasted as the younger version of James Marsden, but it was Liana Liberato, who stole the show. Finally, she got the spotlight she deserves, and we hope to see her in more movies like this.
Overall, The Best of Me is romantic yet tragic but isn't quite memorable enough compared to Sparks previous works. For me, it's still "A Walk to Remember" as the superior among the nine films, and we will have to wait for two more adaptation lined up next year.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars
Cast: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
Distributed by: Multivision Pictures Philippines
Opens October 22, 2014