I saw TWO movies this afternoon – both very good, but very different! Per my post of earlier today, I went to see my top two choices…
The first movie I saw was my top choice – Nights in Rodanthe – Richard Gere and Diane Lane were perfect in the lead roles and the story was incredibly touching. I loved the beach scenes and coastal scenery, which made for a mellow and relaxing experience! As with the other movies from this author, the lead characters are tormented by lost loves and the anticipation of second chances. In this story, there is also a secondary story of lost love in the character played by Scott Glenn – his wife of 42 years died on the operating table and Gere’s character was the doctor. This tragedy was what brought Gere to Rodanthe – Glenn sent him a letter asking to talk to him. Lane takes over management of the inn for her friend so that she can get a weekend away from the drama of her divorce. Gere is also going through a recent divorce. Together they share their stories, a hurricane, and the experience of meeting with the grieving Glenn. I won’t spoil the whole movie or the ending, but suffice it to say that there is love, warmth, caring, and more tragedy! If you liked “The Notebook” and “Message in a Bottle”, you will like this movie! It doesn’t really compare to “The Notebook”, so don’t go expecting that caliber of an experience – it is more on the level of “Message in a Bottle”. Still very good and will tug at your heart, for sure, just not quite as perfect as “The Notebook” was! I give it a strong A- and highly recommend it for anyone who loves a good romance!
Then, I sat in the car and listened to some music and made a couple phone calls waiting for the next movie to start – Eagle Eye – I haven’t heard much about this movie – pretty much just what I read in the synopsis and reviews. So, I was mistaken about a couple things — first, I thought the only name on the cast list that I recognized was Billy Bob Thorton. There were actually other stars I recognized that I didn’t notice on the cast list: Michael Chiklis for one and a couple others that I have seen in other films, but don’t know their names. The second thing I was mistaken about was Billy Bob Thorton’s role – it was actually a fairly large role and he was really quite good in it! I don’t care a lot for Billy Bob – he’s had a couple good roles, but on a whole, I don’t usually go see anything he is a main character in. But he was very good in this role – it suited him and he did a good job! I am not going to go into a lot of detail about this movie – you need to see it for yourself! But I will say this: It was INTENSE!!! They crammed so much action in every scene – I don’t know how they were able to put it all together and edit it without screwing it up! Through most of the movie, there was so much going on and such high tech information that I had a really hard time following it all — but it kept me on edge the entire time! I swear that I must have thought and/or said out loud “holy sh**” more times in the two hours than I have in the last two years!!! The whole story was about as far fetched and unbelievable as it could be, but it also totally put the fear of having my every move and every aspect of my life monitored and tracked in me at the same time — I am absolutely paranoid now!!! ha-ha When the movie ended, I finally relaxed my body and found that every muscle and bone ached and I was tense beyond tense!!! I wish I had seen them in the opposite order so that the mellow one came last! This will appeal to any action/adventure/suspense thriller buffs — I give it a big A and urge everyone to give it a try!
After I left the theater, I went to the Dairy Bar for some dinner — now I’m full and movie’d out and ready to curl up on the couch with the girls!