Thursday, 13 February 2014

[Movie Review] Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

Movie Title     : Nights in Rodanthe
Directed by    : George C. Wolfe
Produced by   : Denise Di Novi
Based on       : Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
Studio           : Village Roadshow Pictures
Distributed by : Warner Bros.
My Rating       : 3 of 5


Nights in Rodanthe is an American-Australian romantic drama film about Adrienne (Diane Lane), a mother of two, whose husband who has left suddenly asks for a second chance. She says she needs time and space to think, so while her children are gone for a weekend visit with their father, Adrienne drives to Rodanthe, North Carolina, to look after her friend's bed-and-breakfast for the weekend while she's away. The only guest for the weekend, Paul (Richard Gere), is a very TYPE A personality surgeon who arrives at the inn with his own emotional baggage. He has flashbacks of a surgery which ended tragically. The husband of the patient wants to speak to him, which brings him to Rodanthe. The two have great time together, share stories, and eventually turn to each other for emotional comfort. A genuine romance is born. With Adrienne’s advice and moral support, Paul opens up to the patient's widower and in doing so faces his own pain. Paul carries guilt for passing up a relationship with his son in favor of his career and decides to go down to South America to salvage his relationship with his son, Mark (James Franco). 

During their separation, Adrienne and Paul exchange numerous handwritten letters, expressing their longing to be with each other once again. When Adrienne’s back to her own house, she decides not to give her husband a second chance, because she knows what’s best for her. On the evening that Adrienne and Paul are to finally reunite, he does not show up. His son, Mark, arrives at Adrienne's door the following day with a sad news and a box of Paul's personal belongings, as well as gratitude to Adrienne. Adrienne is struggling with a nearly unbearable grief, but then, when her relationship with her daughter gets better, it helps Adrienne to begin to deal with her loss.

It is a tragic-romantic story with a simple but meaningful idea, but unfortunately, I didn’t really find it attractive to me. The casts act well, but I didn’t really feel what they feel as I usually do in other movies. The plot is quite monotone. There are not enough engaging conflicts, and the ending is quite predictable, or at least, not so surprising. I’m sorry, but this one is another my least favorite movie of Nicholas Sparks.

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