“A Walk to Remember” is a love story so sweet, sincere and positive that it sneaks past the defenses built up in this age of irony. It tells the story of a romance between two 18-year-olds that is summarized when the boy tells the girl’s doubtful father: “Jamie has faith in me. She makes me want to be different. Better.” After all of the vulgar crudities of the typical modern teenage movie, here is one that looks closely, pays attention, sees that not all teenagers are as cretinous as Hollywood portrays them.
The artist Mandy Moore, a characteristic stunner in both face and way, stars as Jamie Sullivan, an untouchable at school who is chuckled at in light of the fact that she stands separated, has values, and dependably wears the same ratty blue sweater. Her dad (Peter Coyote) is a neighborhood serve. Shane West plays Landon Carter, a senior kid who hangs with the prominent group however is shaken when a doltish set out turns out badly and one of his companions is incapacitated in a plunging mischance. He dates a well known young lady and participates in the giggling against Jamie. At that point, as discipline for the trick, he is requested by the important to join the dramatization club: “You have to meet some new individuals.” Jamie’s in the club. He starts to see her recently. He approaches her to enable him to practice for a part in a play. She treats him with level genuineness. She isn’t one of those failures who creeps around feeling put upon; her confidence stands separated from the assessment of her companions. She’s a savvy, decent young lady, an update that one of the joys of the motion pictures is to meet great individuals.
The plot has disclosures that I won’t uncover. Enough to concentrate in transit Jamie’s peaceful illustration makes Landon into a more pleasant individual – urges him to wind up noticeably more earnest and genuine, to win her where she approaches him while he’s with his old companions and says, “See you today around evening time,” and he says, “In your fantasies.” When he turns up at her home, she is harmed and furious, and his reasons sound faltering even to him.
The film strolls a barely recognizable difference with the Peter Coyote character, whose congregation Landon goes to. Motion pictures have a method for stereotyping reactionary Bible-thumpers who are threatening to high schooler sentiment. There is a tad bit of that here; Jamie is prohibited to date, for instance, despite the fact that there’s more behind his choice than automatic strictness. Be that as it may, when Landon goes to the Rev. Sullivan and requests that he have confidence in him, the clergyman tunes in with a receptive outlook.
Yes, the motion picture is silly now and again. In any case, feebleness is okay on occasion. I pardoned the motion picture its expansive feeling since it earned it. It lays things on somewhat thick toward the end, however by then it had paid its direction. Executive Adam Shankman and his essayist, Karen Janszen, working from the novel by Nicholas Sparks, have an unforced trust in the material that recovers, even legitimizes the general terms. They turn out badly just three times: (1) The subplot including the deadened kid ought to have either been managed, or dropped; (2) It’s tedious to make the dark young person utilize “sibling” in each sentence, as though he is not their associate but rather was ported in from a different universe; (3) As Kuleshov demonstrated over 80 years back in a popular analysis, when a crowd of people sees an aloof closeup, it supplies the important feeling from the unique situation. It can be lethal for an on-screen character to attempt to “act” in a closeup, and Landon’s little grin toward the end is a diversion at a significant minute.
Those are little defects in a touching motion picture. The exhibitions by Moore and West are so unobtrusively persuading we’re reminded that numerous young people in motion pictures assume like 30-year-old standup funnies. That Jamie and Landon construct their sentiment in light of esteems and regard will wallop a few watchers of the film, particularly since the initial five or 10 minutes appear to be going down a recognizable high school motion picture trail. “A Walk to Remember” is a little fortune.