Monday, June 14, 2010

Review[ish] (Movie) - A Walk to Remember

This is a different type of movie review - more like a coherent list of why I love this movie. If you have any thoughts [on the movie], feel free to share. I tried to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.

Last weekend I was asked what my favorite movie was. I thought about it for a moment and decided that it hasn't changed in the past ?? years; it is still A Walk to Remember. So when I was asked why it was my favorite movie, I felt bad that I couldn't really give a reason. To fix this, I sat down with a notepad last Monday to watch the movie for the first time in a long time to take notes. I thought being distracted by note-taking would prevent me from coming to tears, but who was I kidding?

Reasons why A Walk to Remember is my favorite movie:
  • Because I love the soundtrack - especially “Someday We'll Know”.
  • Because I love the quotes – especially "It's like the wind. I can't see it but I feel it." And whose response to “I love you” would be "I told you not to fall in love with me”? I’ve watched the movie so many times I start reciting the lines before they’re said and either start laughing like an idiot or crying before the sad part even happens.
  • Because I love the characters -
Jamie is my hero/role model. She doesn't care what people think about her, she is faithful, strong emotionally and physically, at peace with dying, helpful, forgiving, smart, modest but still pretty, and it was her character that inspired Landon to want to change, and taught her own father lessons. She had a bucket list before [the movie] The Bucket List made it “cool” to have one. The comeback "He's too busy looking for your brain" is DEFINITELY something I would say. It would probably take both hands and feet to be able to count how many times I've heard the line "It's the quiet ones you gotta watch out for" about myself. She also makes passengers wear their seatbelts…go ahead and ask me how I almost threw someone out the windshield of my car who wouldn’t put on their seatbelt. Haha

Landon has the “bad boy” rep, but shows that chivalry is not dead. He could have had the girl who invited him over when her parents weren't home, but instead he chose the "good girl". He’s willing to defend a girl with his fist if he has to, asks her dad permission to date his daughter, and does everything for her – he helps her accomplish as much of her “bucket list” as possible, while totally respecting her modesty (i.e. the graveyard scene & when her sweater falls off her shoulder), and he doesn’t leave.
  • Because I love being connected to the story enough to feel the emotions. For some reason, I’ve always loved the frantic look Jamie gives Landon after he suggests she wants to be with him too. I could feel the line "I'm scared of not being with you." tug at my heartstrings. And he knew how to hug/hold her like he meant it.
  • Because I love the situations Landon and Jamie are put in together. I wish somebody would make me dance with them, even if we stepped on each others’ feet.
  • Because the last scene of the movie still leaves my face drenched.
  • Because I love love.
Random tidbits about me and this movie:
  • I saw this movie at least twice before I realized what the "WALK" to remember was.
  • It's the only book/movie adaptation where I cried more reading the book than the movie, and considering the first time I watched this movie in its entirety I sat directly in front of the TV with a box of tissues, I definitely didn't think that was possible.
  • I've never cared enough about any other movie to make a list of why I like it so much.
I made a bucket list after watching this movie -
  • Complete an 8-second ride
  • Conquer Summit Plummet
  • Cross the Med
  • Find all the Hidden Mickeys in Walt Disney World
  • Hug a sea lion
  • Indulge in some sort of all-inclusive vacation
  • Learn to read music
  • Run a marathon
  • See the Cliffs of Moher (in person)
  • Skydive
  • Stand at the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Stay in a castle
  • Swim with Sharks
  • Take an ABD vacation
  • Visit all the Disney Parks around the world
Some "impressive" feats I have already accomplished -
  • Backpacked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim
  • Kissed a stingray
  • Scored a championship goal
  • Swam with dolphins
  • Won the Amazing [Cozumel] Race

1 comment:

  1. Aww, I love this movie! I'm glad you like it!


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