Review: A Walk To Remember [2002]

Directed by: Adam Shankman
Produced by: Denise Di Novi & Hunt Lowry
Written by: Nicholas Sparks (novel)
Screenplay by: Karen Janszen
Music by: Mervyn Warren
Cinematography: Julio Macat
Running time: 101 mins

Cast:
Shane West as Landon Carter
Mandy Moore as Jamie Sullivan
Peter Coyote as Reverend Sullivan
Daryl Hannah as Cynthia Carter

 

Nomination:

Film – Choice Actress, Drama/Action Adventure, Teen Choice Awards (2002)

Awards:

Breakthrough Female Performance, MTV Movie Awards (2002);   
Film – Choice Breakout Performance, Actress, Teen Choice Awards (2002) &;
Film – Choice Chemistry (Moore/West) ,Teen Choice Awards (2002)

Love is like the wind. You can’t see it but you can feel it.

 

Plot: [Warner Bros.]

Each Spring in the little port town of Beaufort, North Carolina, when the wind smells of pine and salt and the sea, Landon Carter remembers his senior year at Beaufort High and Jamie Sullivan, the girl who changed his life.

Jamie was the last person Landon was likely to fall for. Serious and conservative, she was as far from cool as she could possibly be, and didn’t care. The daughter of the town’s Baptist minister, Jamie was not afraid of letting people know that her faith was the most important part of her life, even if it cost her some friends. Landon hung with the in-crowd — an aimless, moody, reckless guy who breezed through school on looks and bravado. He had no plans, no future and no faith in himself.

One night a prank that he and his buddies set up goes terribly wrong and lands a kid in the hospital. As punishment, Landon must tutor a young student at a poor school and participate in the Drama Club’s Spring play ­ two activities the principal hopes will teach him some humility. They also happen to throw him into close contact with Jamie. Clearly in over his head, Landon is forced to ask her for help.

Soon, against his own expectations, Landon finds himself falling in love with this outwardly plain girl who possesses a passion for life he never imagined possible. But it isn’t easy. For reasons of her own, Jamie does everything she can to run away from romance until it becomes impossible to deny.

Being together will test everything that they believe in. Most of all, it will test the power of love and faith to transform a life into something worth living.

I Say…

It took me five times to watch the movie before even thinking about writing a review. Then I guess by now it’ll be a whole lot easier to express myself.

This being an adaptation of a best selling novel, we could easily spot differences between them. Well, that is if you’ve read the book. And there are a lot of differences. I can say the book is more dramatic and heart felt compared to what we saw from the movie version. It was made more teen oriented and contained more unforgettable quotes than you could’ve read from the original. It’s a whole lot cheesier, but not terrible. I hope everyone agrees when I say that the most awaited scene was the wedding march… sadly it was too happy compared to what really happened, that made it a walk to remember.

I also would like to comment on Mandy Moore’s acting. Shane West was justifiable, but it seems that Mandy Moore just can’t act conservative. They were successful into making her look like one, but not very successful with making her act like one. I don’t hate Mandy Moore…she’s my favorite. Let’s just say that she was not very convincing, acting as a conservative girl. Other than that, she’s great.

It’s not like any other movie. Although it turned out very different from what most of us expected, A Walk to Remember made it through. It’s still one of those movies you’ll want to see from time to time, just to remember how you felt when you first saw it. Even after five years, I still think it’s a recommendable movie.

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