Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Scott Speedman, Sam Neil, Jessica Lange, Jessica McNamee, Tatiana Maslany & Wendy Crewson.
Screenplay By: Michael Sucsy, Marc Silverstein, Abby Kohn & Jason Katims.
Story By: Stuart Sender
Directed By: Michael Sucsy
Based on the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter.
Newlyweds Paige (McAdams) and Leo (Tatum) were madly in love and loving life, until one day their world is turned upside down. After a horrible car accident leaves Paige with memory loss for the last 4 years of her life – in which she met and married husband Leo- he has to try and win her love all over again. This doesn’t go as smoothly as he would like as he has to compete with her absent family (Neil and Lange playing her parents) back in her life and her old fiance Jeremy (Speedman) back on the scene. Who Paige still remembers being engaged to.
Will Paige and Leo find love together again?
I have been waiting to see this movie since the trailer was released early last year. I went on Friday with my grlfriends ready to have a tearjerking experience. But alas I did not. While I am a fan of McAdams and Tatum, I am a big fan of Speedman (thanks to his Felicity loving Ben Covington days). Even though I figured (knew) what the ending would turn out like, I was secretly hoping that Paige would choose her ex Jeremy. I wanted more Speedman on the screen damnit!
In any event, I am normally a sucker for a romantic movie. I am pretty much like Kristen Bell in the way that my emotional scale is usually between two certain points. If it’s remotely sad I’m crying and if it’s really happy I’m crying. However I don’t like crying in front of people so I try to supress it. But this movie didn’t actually make me cry which is very odd. I got a hint of tears in my eyes when Jessica Lange was talking about the affair. That was it. To me that was the most moving part.
I personally didn’t see much chemistry between McAdams and Tatum. Not like a married couple. More like siblings. So it didn’t really get me. I actually thought McAdams and Speedman had really great chemistry (and it’s not just because I like him. I know how to be objective and professional thank-you very much), and would love to see them do another movie together as love interests. Contrary to what others are saying I didn’t find his character so awful. He loved this girl so of course he would think of trying to win her back. And I thought their scene towards the end was gracious and sweet. Not douchie at all.
I liked the movie but felt it was lacking that chemistry for me. My friend said she liked that Tatum always seems to play the same type of characters and so that must be what he is like in real life. Ok fair enough, but it would be nice to see him play someone different and a little rougher.
I read articles about the real couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter and was more moved by their story than the movie version. What a remarkable couple.
I don’t like when you know so much about an actor, because then it starts to take away from their performance. You are not watching a movie about Paige and Leo finding love, you are watching a movie about McAdams and Leo pretending to be Paige and Leo fall in love. Personally I blame the paparazzi and tabloids for this. They have ruined the mystique of the story telling experience.
I like to be objective when I go sit to watch a movie. I’ve been watching movies and tv and all the award shows since I was a baby. While I am no paid expert and currently don’t work in film/tv apart from this blog, I do know as an avid movie/tv viewer what an audience needs and what they don’t. At least for me I do. A movie, like a song is a personal experience. We all interpret them differently and apply it to ourselves differently.
While I liked this movie, I did not love it. I would probably still buy it on DVD but compared to other romances of the past few years it was average. The Notebook is still the ultimate sweeping romance. That movie is perfection. It was written, directed and acted beautifully. Dear John I am not a huge fan of. It was ok, but not one of my favourites and I wouldn’t buy it on DVD. Remember Me was heartbreakingly beautiful. Tragic yet beautiful.
In closing I would like to say that I am dissapointed that I didn’t feel the urge to cry during this movie, and McAdams and Speedman need to make another movie together this instant. AND someone PLEASE give Scott Speedman a lead in a movie! The guy is brilliant!
What did you all think? Write your thoughts in the comment section.