Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
A Walk to Remember (2002) from Warner Bros.
Rated PG. Drama, Romance, Musical Performance
Description (from the film case): Love brings together what peer pressure and lifestyles seek to keep apart in this inspirational coming-of-age story based on a bestseller by Nicholas Sparks and directed by Adam Shankman. Mandy Moore plays Jamie, a preacher’s daughter whose self-confidence doesn’t depend on the opinions of others. Shane West plays Landon, who’s skating through high school on looks and bravado. But when events thrust him into Jamie’s world, he begins an unexpected journey he’ll never forget. Trust. Hope. Goals. Faith. Unconditional love. They’re the remarkable steps to a life changed–and of A Walk to Remember.
My thoughts: Yes, there are rare occasions when this lifelong bookworm enjoys a film more than the book it’s based on. Sparks’s novel was a nice read to me overall, but it didn’t have a profound, lasting impact on me like the film did and does. West and Moore really add compelling flesh and blood to Landon and Jamie, and I usually have a tear or two during a few scenes in the movie, including the Spring Play when Jamie sings “Only Hope.”
Now, for fellow faith film viewers: know that the filmmakers weren’t out to make this a “Christian film,” so even though some of the characters are Christians, viewers shouldn’t approach this movie like one in the Christian film genre. The themes of love, hope, and faith in this movie are powerful regardless, for people who believe in love, hope, and faith in life.
My corresponding reading: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks.