Best of Me Movie Review and Life

Be prepared… There are semi spoilers ahead…. 

I ran into this movie today while scanning  Netflix. And I was curious to see it since it is based on a book from Nicholas Sparks. I do own a couple of his books and enjoy reading them. But I have never read this particular one.  I wish I had though. I would have never watched the movie.

Not because it is an awful movie; but because it has a heart breaking sad ending. And I hate endings that are not “Happily Ever After…”.  I was not prepared for this sad ending. My heart is still trying to cope with it.

The movie itself is wonderful. Great plot even though I can not personally see myself as the main female character. I can relate to her with how much one person can love another. But I can not relate to how she could marry someone she truly did not love and suffer all these years with someone she grew to hate.

The beginning was so touching to see how this man saved this teenager instead of calling the cops on him. You hardly see these situations nowadays.  People just do not trust runaway teenagers.  But this man had a huge heart. And because of his heart, Dawson was able to live out his purpose in life.

It just makes you think just how much just one person can influence the rest of your life.

Where you ever in a situation where you thought you had no where else to go? At the last breath you might be taking? A time when your dreams were completely crushed? 

What happened? Did someone save you just as this man saved Dawson? Or maybe it was just a chance encounter with a stranger?

There is a purpose to our lives. There is an end of our path that is already mapped out. It is scary to think that we truly have no control since we are all destined for something. All we can do is live the best as we can with the life that we are given.

I do hope, though, that my life will have  something very meaningful to come out of it.

The movie touches on a lot of major life topics that are great discussion subjects.  Love, first date, lost loves, horrible parents, child abuse, rich vs poor, education, cancer, child loss, loving a child that is not blood related, beautiful set locations, gardening, etc. The list goes on and on.  And I could write a book if I wrote about each one.

Overall this is a great movie with good beautiful actors. The actors were able to make us visualize just how pure their love was. And the love between a true “parent” and child was spot on. 

Great movie. But would I watch this again? Sadly, no. Just because there is already too much pain in real life that I go to movies to escape it. And this movie did not help me escape from pain. Only added more sadness.

Much love to the world,
Angelica

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Weekend Movies and Life’s Plan

This weekend was a pretty relaxing weekend. I love relaxing weekends.  Our weekdays have been so busy that having to go no where during the weekend is wonderful. 🙂 

A few nice things also happened this weekend.

My two favorite movies since childhood played on TV. The movie Polly played on Saturday. And Anne of Green Gables marathon played Sunday. Watching both these movies seriously topped off my relaxing weekend. Watching these movies does not only make me happy. But somehow they give me the power to stay strong, move on, be calm and stay optimistic.

If you have not seen the movie Polly ( Polly (1989) Movie ), I suggest that you do. It is an old movie but with great values and morals that can still be applied in today’s world. It is mainly about an orphan girl who moves into a town, reminds them about being “glad” and changes everyone’s lives forever. It is a musical with so many wonderful songs and dances. I love “Angel Eyes” and “Stand Up”. Love love love this movie.  Disney actually sells this on their movie club. But you can also watch for free on YouTube.  Something I learned today: the music producers of the songs in this movie is currently also making music for Sprout’s Pajanimals. And this is so cool because my daughter loves that show. :-). So it sort of connects my childhood to hers.

My second favorite movie that played this weekend was the Anne of Green Gables series (Anne of Green Gables website). This marathon actually took all day so I was not able to watch all of it. But even watching a little bit was nice. This movie is also about an orphan girl. She mistakenly gets taken to a farm who had requested a boy. She ends up staying and changes the lives of everyone around her. This story follows her through her school, college, teaching career, dreams of becoming an author, and all her romances. It is a wonderful, funny, sad story that follows her journey in life.  I first knew about Anne of Green Gables by reading the book. I read that book so many times when I was little. I still have that book now.

After watching these movies, I started thinking. It is so weird that these are my favorite movies. It is so weird that both these movies are about an orphan. I wonder if reading this book, watching these movies, so MANY times have actually been God’s way of preparing me for his plan. His plan for me to adopt. He was preparing me to know that it is OK to love a child not of my blood, that things will always work out and to see that there are children in this world that need help.

Another movie that I constantly watched and loved while growing up was Annie. And that is also about an orphan girl.

It is so weird and calming at the same time to think that everything was all planned out. My experiences growing up was all meant to be. For a purpose. To prepare me for my adulthood.

God knew all along that I would be dealing with infertility. He gave me the strength to deal with it and the mind/heart to see His plan.

Sometimes, I don’t understand His plan fully but I know in my heart that I am exactly where I am suppose to be.

Musicals

I was feeling a little bit down today. I especially hate feeling down when there is no specific reason. If there is not a reason, how am I suppose to fix it?? So I had a plan. Tonight, I will watch a drama/sad movie, drink some wine, and cry. I read somewhere that crying actually helps make you feel better. I just need a good cry. The first movie that pops into my mind was A Walk to Remember. I love that movie and seriously cried while watching it. I found out, though, that I only have the movie on VHS! I can’t believe it’s been that long! Since my VHS is not plugged in, back up plan is On Demand. 
Once on there, the first movie I run into was Annie. I also love that movie! And it was free. 🙂  So Annie it is. I knew it was not going to make me cry. But how can I pass up Annie? Loved that movie since I was little. Can anyone guess my favorite song from it???
I grew up watching all the musical movies. Annie, Anchors Away, Stormy Weather, Take Me Out to the Ball game, etc. All the musicals. Life seemed so much happier then. Drama was a minimum. Songs to always cheer you up. The good old days. 🙂

My peers never even heard of the movies I grew up with. My own husband does not know most of them. Why was I so lucky to be brought up with these movies?? Because my dad was older then all the dads of my peers. He always played his movies from his time. 🙂  And I am still so thankful to him for showing me these great movies. (And I still have a lot of these movies on VHS!)
Have you seen any old musicals? What is your favorite? And if you have not seen any, please try watching a couple. They are really great. 🙂 
Well, I did not get my sad movie or my wine. But I am feeling better. Watching Annie brought up some good memories. 🙂