The Best of Me (film)

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The Best of Me
The Best of Me poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Hoffman
Produced by Justin Burns
Denise Di Novi
Alison Greenspan
Ryan Kavanaugh
Nicholas Sparks
Screenplay by Will Fetters
J. Mills Goodloe
Based on The Best of Me
by Nicholas Sparks
Starring James Marsden
Michelle Monaghan
Luke Bracey
Liana Liberato
Music by Aaron Zigman
Cinematography Oliver Stapleton
Edited by Matt Chesse
Production
company
Distributed by Relativity Media
Release date
  • October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26 million[2]
Box office $35.9 million[2][3]

The Best of Me is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Hoffman and written by Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe, based on Nicholas Sparks' 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan with Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.

Plot

Alternating between scenes of their relationship in 1992 with their current lives separately, the film shows the story of Dawson and Amanda, who after 21 years without seeing each other are reunited after the death of a friend in common. Despite their attempts, they are still attracted to each other, complicating the relationship of Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) with her husband (Sebastian Arcelus) and his son (Ian Nelson), and reviving Dawson's (James Marsden) old conflicts. In the ending, when Amanda tells Dawson in a voice message that she loves him and wants to talk to him, she gets a call that her son has been in a car accident. On arriving at the hospital, the doctor tells her he needs a new heart. That same night the doctors told her they had found a donor.

While sleeping, Amanda has a dream of Dawson sitting on the side of her bed when she's awoken by the doorbell being rung by her mother, who has come to tell her that Dawson had been shot by his father.

One year later, Amanda gets a call from her son telling her he found out who the donor was and that maybe she knew him, Dawson Cole. Shocked and happy upon hearing this, she drives back to the house Tuck had left them. It is there she reads the letter Dawson had left her telling her how much he loved her and goes on to take a walk through the garden Dawson had beautifully arranged for her before he died.

Cast

Production

Development

On June 17, 2011, Warner Bros. acquired the film rights to the novel The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.[10] On March 15, 2012, it was announced that the studio had tapped screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe to adapt the book.[11]

On September 27, it was reported that Warner Bros. was in final talks with Michael Hoffman to direct the film, Will Fetters was set to rewrite the screenplay, marking his second adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, and Denise Di Novi was set to produce the film, along with Sparks and Sparks' agent Theresa Park as co-producers, marking Di Novi's fifth film collaboration with Sparks, Sparks' second time producing a film adaptation of one of his novels and Park's production debut.[12] On July 25, 2013, Relativity Media acquired the distribution rights from Warner Bros., marking the studio's third film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.[13] On October 22, Michelle Monaghan was cast to play the female lead Amanda Collier, and Ryan Kavanaugh was to co-produce the film.[6] On October 24, the studio set the film for an October 17, 2014 release.[14]

On January 9, 2014, the studio offered James Marsden from the 2004 adaptation of Sparks' 1996 novel The Notebook to play the male lead Dawson Cole, replacing Paul Walker after his death.[4] On January 28, Liana Liberato joined the film's cast as the younger version of Monaghan's character, Amanda Collier.[7] On February 12, Luke Bracey was added to the cast to play the younger version of Marsden's character, Dawson Cole.[5] On March 12, Sebastian Arcelus and Gerald McRaney joined the cast of the film. Arcelus played Frank Reynolds, Amanda's husband and father of her children, while McRaney played Tuck, a widower who takes in young Dawson and becomes a friend and father-figure to him.[8] On March 25, Jon Tenney was added to the cast to play Harvey Collier, the father of Amanda.[9]

Filming

Principal photography began on March 6, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana for a 42-day shoot.[15][16] On April 30 and May 1 the filming took place in the downtown Covington area. Also filming took place in parts of Pearl River, Louisiana.[17]

Post-production

On June 27, 2014, it was announced that composer Aaron Zigman would be scoring the music for the film.[18]

Soundtrack

The Best of Me: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released October 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)[19]
Genre Country[20]
Label EMI Nashville, Relativity Music
Singles from The Best of Me: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "I Did with You"
    Released: September 8, 2014[21]

The soundtrack album for the film, released on October 7, 2014,[22] features original music primarily from the genre of country music, recorded by artists such as Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, and Thomas Rhett.[22] "I Did with You" by Lady Antebellum was released on September 8, 2014 as the first promotional single from the soundtrack.[21] The band's other contribution, "Falling for You" is also available on the deluxe edition of their fifth studio album, 747.

The titles and performing artists were published by Taste of Country.[20]

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "I Did with You" Lady Antebellum 3:15
2. "Dream Girl" Hunter Hayes 3:39
3. "Hold On" SHEL and Gareth Dunlop 3:26
4. "In Love Again" Colbie Caillat 3:31
5. "The Way Things Go" Thomas Rhett 4:06
6. "Borrowed Time" Thompson Square 4:12
7. "Lead Me" Kip Moore 3:50
8. "Love Is a Liar" Kacey Musgraves 3:15
9. "Falling for You" Lady Antebellum 3:54
10. "Rain from Heaven" Eric Paslay 3:58
11. "All the Way" David Nail 2:56
12. "Unchanged" Eli Young Band 3:35
13. "Sweet Jane" Cowboy Junkies 3:27
14. "Crossroads" Phoebe Hoffman 4:48

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number 54 on the Billboard 200, selling 6,200 copies in its first week.[23]

Chart performance

Chart (2014–15) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 52
US Top Country Albums (Billboard) 11
US Top Soundtracks (Billboard) 4

Reception

Box office

The Best of Me opened in North America on October 17, 2014 across 2,936 theaters. It has grossed $26.8 million in North America and $9.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $35.9 million.[2]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $10 million finishing fifth at the box office behind Fury, Gone Girl, The Book of Life and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, making it the worst opening for a Nicholas Sparks' novel adaptation.[24]

Critical reception

The Best of Me has been panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 8%, based on 74 reviews, with an average rating of 3.5/10. The site's consensus reads, "At nine films and counting, the line between Nicholas Sparks film fans and detractors is clear, and The Best of Me will change few minds on either side of the divide."[25] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 29 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[26] In CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend, cinema audiences gave The Best of Me an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[24]

Home media

The Best of Me was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 3, 2015.

References

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