To me there is nothing more fun than watching a good romantic film. The most important (and revealing) part of that sentence is the word "good". Richard Gere and Diane Lane have made two films together, "The Cotton Club" and "Unfaithful", before this one. "Unfaithful" was a very good film and Lane was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film. "Nights in Rodanthe" pairs Lane and Gere together again, but unfortunately is not the quality of film either deserves.
Based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Sparks, Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere – Chicago, Shall We Dance) is a surgeon who worked so hard in his career that he lost his family as a result and Adrienne (Diane Lane) is a wife/mother who is trying to get her life back on course after her husband has an affair.
Adrienne has agreed to look after her old friend Jean's (Viola Davis – Doubt, State of Play) inn located on the Outer Banks. She is going to use the time away from her kids to think about the state of her marriage. Paul is going to stay at the inn in order to be near the family of a woman who he operated on and died. He is the only guest at the inn.
An approaching storm isolates the two lonely and mixed up people. It brings them together in a way they never could have imagined. It seems like these two people are going to get the second chance at love that they never imagined possible.
While watching this film you will feel like you are watching a movie of the week and not a high quality feature film starring two huge stars. That is not a good thing. It is overdramatic and improbable. You will leave the film feeling unsatisfied by what you have watched. It will definitely make you feel as it is purposeful in attempts to pull your emotional strings. Everything about the film feels contrived and fake. Like you are being manipulated. I almost felt angry as a result.
This feeling of being manipulated is also set up beside the glaring fact that Diane Lane and Richard Gere have surprisingly very little chemistry in the film. They don't allow vulnerability to creep into their characters. You never are convinced that their characters' lives are changed or that they truly need each other.
-The Nature of Love
-In Rodanthe: An Intmate Look at Nights in Rodanthe with Singer/Songwriter Emmy Lou Harris
-A Time for Love: Keeping Up Wit Nicholas Sparks
-Music Video: "Love Remains the Same" by Gavin Rossdale
-Warner Bros. BD-Live