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|Nights in Rodanthe |
Actors: Richard Gere, Diane Lane
Director: George C. Wolfe
The stars of Unfaithful rekindle their screen chemistry in this rich tale of hearts' awakenings from the bestseller by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Message in a Bottle). Richard Gere is Paul, a surgeon who long ago unwit... more »
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Tear Jerker Romantic Film
Robert D. Shull | Fairfield, OH | 01/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a real tear-jerker. The acting is fantastic and the emotions seem very real. The story line is well-considered, but it is definitely not the typical love story. The best way to describe this film is that it just feels real. You could imagine the characters being pulled off the screen and placed in the "real world" without any problem. I would definitely recommend Nights in Rodanthe to those who like a good love story with plenty of drama."
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Neil Cotiaux | North Canton, Ohio United States | 01/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Note: For those who haven't read the book or seen the film, spoilers appear below.
"Chick lit" becomes "chick flick" as author Nicholas Sparks gets another makeover by Hollywood. I've read none of Sparks' works, but my better half and I have seen all three film versions of his modern-day tearjerkers: "Message In a Bottle", "The Notebook" and now, "Nights in Rodanthe." This one has all the predictable elements for this genre, but the acting by the leads (especially Lane) is solid and the scenery is phenomenal, the film having been shot around North Carolina's Cape Hatteras and on Ocracoke and Cedar Islands, all of which helps make a fairly mundane story more compelling. (I've been up and down the Outer Banks at least six times during my life, and that was much of the draw of seeing this film, especially at mid-winter.)
Of special note is the performance put in by veteran actor Scott Glenn, playing a widower waiting for an apology from the Raleigh surgeon played by Gere. Glenn, who left Hollywood earlier in his career to hang out in Idaho and earn his keep in blue-collar jobs, got the hang of the local dialect in "Nights" by hanging with a crabber and generally melting into the neighborhood. The craggy-faced Glenn owns his scenes with Gere, not only through pitch-perfect dialect but also with an understated yet stinging "nuts to you, you don't get it" attitude. When Gere's character finally visits the widower's cottage, Glenn steals the camera lock, stock and barrel. There's an acting award here somewhere, at least in my book.
Cinematically, the only fault one might find with "Nights" comes at the end. Rather than close "Nights" with the spirited shots of Lane on the beach, mesmerized by a rare migration of the wild ponies that ordinarily confine themselves to the Virginia-Carolina border, the decision was made to tack on a wide shot of key characters peering out from a boardwalk - an unnecessary, even hackneyed action that drained some of the momentum from the film in its final moments.
"Nights in Rodanthe" isn't rocket science, but it's pretty to look at, the acting is more than workmanlike, and everyone loves a love story, right? Four stars for the film, five for Scott Glenn's performance."
Nice title -- it just doesn't work.
eileenpr | Boston, MA USA | 03/30/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Nice title, great stars (I love Richard Gere and Diane Lane), but this movie just didn't work. It was so formulaic and contrived that I couldn't get absorbed in this at all. I kept feeling bored and thinking, "this is terrible." This film is the worst I've seen from either of these fine actors. Between them, they've been in many two-star films, including Under the Tuscan Sun which I loved -- which were gems compared to this film. Thus, the one star."
desertgump | Tucson, AZ | 03/16/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Eat your popcorn quick so you'll have a bowl to puke in if you can't look away from movie disasters. The screen play must have been generated by cliche software. The actors look old and embarrassed, except for Richard Gere, who leads with his usual self-satisfied countenance. The plot was even more rickety than the house perched perilously on stilts on the beach. That it survives a hurricane is as believable as ever other detail of this pathetic movie."