For anyone struggling to get through Peter Bradshaw’s one-paragraph review of The Best of Me (2014) in The Guardian, here is a rundown of his thoughts on the film – minus bluntly-stated plot details he could have copy-pasted from Wikipedia:
– The film was based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. Bradshaw goes further, stating that the film was “based unmistakably” on a novel by “the great rom-dram maestro Nicholas Sparks.” This addition gives an impression of familiarity with the material, and coincidentally also bumps Peter six unnecessary words closer to his minimum limit
– Peter asserts that, having refused to check his “corrosive cynicism” at the door, and thus he was able to “appreciate the calculated narrative ploys and manipulations” with a strength of insight which may have escaped his more blind, gullible colleagues. No examples of the ploys or manipulations in question are given
– The film stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, and an unnamed man whom Peter thought looked a lot like Will Ferrell – but, it is made clear, he wasn’t
– Marsden and Monaghan’s characters are played by two different, younger characters during flashbacks, and Peter did not think Marsden’s double looked very much like him at all.
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