I’m almost to the end of my Nicholas Sparks movie marathon. I have one more film to review, Dear John, before the release (and review) of The Lucky One on August 27, 2012.
Yesterday I reviewed The Last Song (I accidentally reviewed The Last Song before I reviewed Nights in Rodanthe which was released before The Last Song).
The Last Song I think had more appeal to the younger crowd thanks to teen starlet Miley Cyrus and “eye candy” Liam Helmsworth. Nights in Rodanthe I think appeals to the older crowd thanks to the beautiful Diane Lane and handsome Richard Gere.
Nights in Rodanthe stars Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Viola Davis, James Franco and Scott Glen.
Adrienne Willis (Lane) has a lot to deal with at home. Her estranged husband who cheated on her wants to get back together with him. She needs time to think about it, but her teenage daughter Amanda is angry with her mother for not taking her father up on the opportunity to get back together again.
Needing time to think things over Adrienne takes up her friend Jean’s (Davis) offer to watch over her bed and breakfast for a weekend. Jean’s bed and breakfast is located on the beach in a small beach side community called Rodanthe. Adrienne sees this as a great opportunity to clear her head and gather her thoughts.
That weekend the bed and breakfast only has one guest, a doctor by the name of Paul Flanner (Gere). Paul is there to meet up with a former patient’s husband.
Paul arrives at bed and breakfast with more than just his luggage – he’s also bringing a long a lot of emotional baggage. He lost a patient during surgery, and it’s the deceased patient’s husband that requested that he come to Rodanthe to meet with him. Paul is also dealing with his strained relationship with his son. He put his practice and medical career in front of his son. To get away from his father, Paul’s son Mark (Franco) heads to South America to help out.
At first Paul is very cold towards Adrienne. He’s only there to meet with his deceased patient’s husband and that has him under a lot of stress. Adrienne, dealing with her own issues with her home life, tries to keep on a happy face and take care of the bed and breakfast while tending to her guest’s (Paul’s) needs.
Paul picked the wrong weekend to come to Rodanthe because a hurricane hits the area that same weekend. Paul and Adrienne find themselves stuck at the bed and breakfast and doing everything they can to protect it from the hurricane.
Spending all that time together, alone, Paul and Adrienne find that they are very attracted to one another. They also confide in one another about the things in their lives that they are having a hard time dealing with - Paul with the death of his patient and his estranged son and Adrienne with her relationship with her husband and her daughter.
Paul eventually leaves Rodanthe and goes to South America to be with his son and try and repair their relationship. Adrienne returns to her family. The pair keep in touch with one another through a series of love letters.
One day they make plans to get together. Adrienne waits anxiously for Paul to arrive but he never does.
Why didn’t Paul show up? Will the pair ever get together again? What tragic events keeps them apart… and will it be forever? To find out you have to pick up a copy of Nights in Rodanthe, available where movies are sold.
Here is the movie’s trailer. If you are reading this via e-mail you can find the trailer here, http://bit.ly/PTURVA.
I like how the relationship between the main character evolved. It wasn’t “love at first sight” but rather a love that grew from compassion and understanding. They were two lost souls needing to find someone they could connect with.
Diane Lane and Richard Gere have great on screen chemistry. They also played a husband and wife in the movie Unfaithful. They have a great way of making their characters likeable and believable.
Even though this movie has a tragic ending I think you can also see that it also helped one of the main characters to take care of some important life decisions as well as helped that character re-connect with someone important in their life.
This is a great “date night” movie to watch with your significant other. It’s sweet, tender and romantic.
Tomorrow I’ll be reviewing Dear John, then finally, The Lucky One. Look for my other Nicholas Sparks movie reviews here on She Scribes.
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