This weekend I decided to treat myself to dinner and a movie in honor of Valentine's Day. Might I say, the dinner and the movie were both a success.
*Don't worry- I don't give anything away in this review.
I was skeptical at first about if this movie would deliver based on the book's author, Scott Spencer's candid interview in the Hollywood Reporter last week. His book was first adapted in 1981 with actress Brooke Shields, which scored higher than the 2014 version on rottontomatoes.com.
I actually really liked it for many reasons.
1. Undeniable chemistry between Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde: You may know Alex as Kyle from "Beastly" or Adam from "Magic Mike", and Gabriella as Sue Snell from "Carrie". They had incredible chemistry on screen, and they both really sold the "hopelessly devoted" roles very well.
2. Female Director: Female "Country Strong" director Shana Feste rolled up her sleeves to direct this romantic Valentine's Day release. I don't claim to be a die hard feminist, but I do really root for women in industries like this where we are the minority. I thought she did an amazing job, and really brought the story to life independently from the novel.
3. Comedic relief: Although this was a serious film, there were subtle hints of comedy throughout- enough to keep you from stealing tissues from your date or a random stranger. Gabriella's character, Jade's older brother in the movie, played by the handsome Rhys Wakefield, brought the laughs as his character navigated through some difficult situations.
4. Cinematography: I'm not a film student, so my scale for film might be different than those of you who really know cinematography- BUT I thought the shots were really revealing of the emotions being portrayed, and there were tons of creative angles and aerial shots.
If you decide to spend the $13.00 to go see it- please let me know what you thought below!