For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – High School/Teen Romance Movies, here’s a review of A Walk to Remember (2002) by Kim of Tranquil Dreams
Thanks again to Kim of Tranquil Dreams for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Reut of Sweet Archive. We will be reviewing our favorite dark comedies. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Reut!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Director: Adam Shankman
Cast: Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah, Al Thompson, Lauren German
Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) and Landon Carter (Shane West) could not be more different. Jamie is the Reverend’s daughter and she is her own person not caring about about her appearance or how others see her. She is happy doing what she wants that she feels makes her life good. While Landon Carter is the part of the popular kids, he doesn’t care about his grades or even graduating but he likes high school because he is at the top of the food chain and he is at the top of the world there. All this changes when his actions causes him to have detention and extracurricular activities to make up for his mistakes that push him towards Jamie and get to know her more than just the surface when he reluctantly has to ask her for help. Gradually, as Landon knows her more, he opens his eyes to seeing the world in another way and getting to know himself a little more.
Nicholas Sparks stories are as cliche and formulaic as it can get. We all know that. For that, its often criticized. Honestly, I don’t mind it too much. I like sappy love stories because as formulaic as they get, they is something special there when the chemistry is there between the characters. One of his best stories (to me) is A Walk to Remember. Its a story full of inspiring messages even if it is always bittersweet. It has all the components of being polar opposites in high school from the girl sitting away from everyone and not really caring what other people think to the popular kids and how they will be who their friends are: peer pressure and whatnot. At the same time, falling for that bad boy type who actually has a lot more than what he shows everyone.
A Walk to Remember has really nice music to accompany its sweet and romantic teen story here. The best part of it is that it gives Mandy Moore her chance to boast her beautiful voice a little by putting in some really nice songs. But with any romance, the chemistry and how we connect with the on screen couple is the most important. For this, Mandy Moore and Shane West are absolutely perfect. Mandy Moore can pull off that sweet and self-confident goody two shoes type of girl. That girl who can be happy with who she is and be able to defend herself as much as she can from the judgy people in high school. Its that self-confident that makes her a beautiful character to look up to. Whereas, Shane West is great playing her opposite. He pulls have the smirky bad boy thing while being able to change into a caring guy underneath all that. Someone who just doesn’t know where he wants to go but all he needed was someone to give him a little faith and encouragement. That is how Jamie and Landon are so perfect as their acquaintance turns into friendship and into a relationship.
A Walk to Remember is pretty sappy but sometimes, its what defines a love story. Those cliche moments, those beliefs that as we grow up know aren’t particularly true but we’d sometimes like to believe. Not everyone can change or inspire someone, especially the high school bad boy to be someone better but Jamie Sullivan did and for that, I love her. As much as I love her strength and courage to face life and all its burdens, Landon and Jamie’s love story is about being each other’s miracles and finding it at the time when they needed it most. Maybe everything in life does happen for a reason and thats what makes A Walk to Remember also a bittersweet but heartwarming and amazing teen romance drama. I watch this once in a while and it touches my heart every time and just because its Nicholas Sparks, those tears are always guaranteed to show up at some point. That’s how much I really admire this movie and how its one of my faves in the teen romance genre.