Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –
Based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, star-crossed lovers who are reunited after 20 years apart, when they are summoned to their small home town for the reading of Dawson’s surrogate father, Tuck’s (Gerald McRaney) will. Will the two be able to rekindle their passion for each other?
James Marsden plays Dawson, an oil rigger, who loves to read and gaze up at the stars. Michelle Monaghan is a wife and mother whose life has gotten off track.
This uninspiring love story told through flashbacks and Tuck’s narration alternates between the present-day and 1992, when Dawson and Amanda met in high school. The young sweethearts are played by Liana Liberato (“If I Stay”) and Luke Bracey (“Monte Carlo”), who disappointingly do not look anything like the adults they are playing.
The film is not totally void of charm and sappiness and will make audiences swoon for the male leads and shed a tear for the sentimental romanticism.
PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language
Run Time: 1 hr. 59 min.