Message in a Bottle
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Message in a Bottle (DVD)
Grieving widower Garret Blake builds boats for a living. Theresa Osborne, a lonely divorcee and researcher for the Chicago Tribune, tracks down Garret after finding a message he wrote inside a bottle on a Cape Code beach and profoundly touched her heart.]]>
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Soulful, romantic, gorgeous movie. The story will pull you in immediately and keep you in its grip until the final moment when the screen fades to black. The accompanying musical score is poignant and nostalgic. This Nicholas Sparks movie touched me in such a way that I was left breathless while sitting through the credits.
Robin Wright Penn and Kevin Costner have incredibly believable chemistry. I felt every aching moment when they were apart and all the warmth of their love when they were together. Their love deepens like a dream come true for all of us romantics out here. Even the devastating heartache, due to an heroic act, doesn't take away from the romance or the beauty of this drama. Would that I could know such a love as depicted in this amazing story.
This movie ranks right up there with Nights In Rodanthe and The Notebook (two other Nicholas Sparks gems). If you haven't seen either of those, be sure to order them as well.
Another winner from Nicholas Sparks, this film has some of the nicest locations I have seen on film in a long time. I just love this house in the Outer Banks and each time I see this film, I just want to grab my suitcase, pack it up and move. Armed with a box of tissues, this romantic tear jerker left me feeling hauntingly alone for days after watching, wishing so much for a different ending.
Like Robert, I too saw this movie first on an airplane, and the reactions of the passengers were identical (maybe we flew on the same plane). As our plane landed and people disembarked, those of us who were watching the movie stayed until it was over--and that has to say something!
Personally, I tend to view the ending more in the vein of Mikeymkm's review, but not because it was downbeat, more in that it seemed like a typical Hollywood-style ending. If they had stayed truer to the novel in this respect (as mentioned by the North Carolina reviewer of June 12th--caution, DO NOT read this review if you haven't seen the movie), I would have been much more satisfied.
All in all, "Message in a Bottle" did a lot of things right. It kept me in my seat and I was attracted to both the theme and the actors, and the cinematography seemed to sweep me to Outer Banks (or Maine, where one reviewer said it was filmed). Still, I came away feeling a little unsatisfied, even a little manipulated. Between 1 and 10, I give "Message in a Bottle" a marginal 7. It is a movie I enjoyed, and will probably view again, but it missed on the level of being a truly memorable film, at least it did for me.