December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

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Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

June 1, 2011

A Walk to Remember (2002)

When it's over, this romance/drama had me in tears.  Not balling, but enough to demand tissue nearby.  I think I started crying about two thirds into the film and having read the Nicholas Sparks novel and knowing the ending just made the sadness so unavoidable.  The story is about Landon and Jamie (played by Shane West and Mandy Moore) who are two teens with nothing in common, but joined together by fate.  They fall in love, but when a heart-breaking secret is revealed, their love and their relationship is put to the test.  Yes, this is definitely a sad and tragic film, but what separates this film from other "doom and gloom" tragedies is the uplifting tone of the story.  It wasn't filled with scenes of overcast skies, pouring rain, and people huddled in the cold.  Instead, the film had a palette of bright colors signifying life, new beginnings, and hope.  The story's message to me was that sometimes you have to suffer to know what blessings are and what you are blessed with.  The themes of faith, love, forgiveness, and courage are the veins that pump life into this love story, while at the same time mirrors the unfairness that life sometimes brings. 

My rating: 4 out of 5


  1. They don't romantic comedies like this anymore. Sniff...sniff...

  2. This is one of my favourite movies of all times! I’ve watched this movie so many times that I can recite the lines and sign along to all the songs! I glad you finally watched it! Just like you I knew the storyline before watching the movie, I was apprehensive about watching it thinking that there was no way the movie could do the book justice (as most movies based on books don’t) but I was pleasantly surprised with how well they kept to the storyline (except for the time period) and how well the characters where developed. But what sold the movie to me was the great chemistry the main characters had! This movie definitely brought me to tears but instead of just being a tragedy it also brought hope and happiness right up until the end! In my opinion the end was absolutely perfect and when Landon says “Our love is like the wind... I can't see it, but I sure can feel it” just melted my heart! And to top it all off knowing that Jamie witnessed her miracle (changing Landon for the better) was icing on the cake!

  3. Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this. I am going to send this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a great read.
    Many thanks for sharing!