Genre Grandeur – A Walk to Remember (2002) – Tranquil Dreams

Check out my review over at Rob’s Genre Grandeur this month where I got the pleasure of choosing the genre. My choice was Teen/High School Romances.
There has been a ton of really good reviews for awesome choices already up that I had considered before choosing this one (and one later on). My choice here is for A Walk to Remember. I have reviewed it before here but it is a great teen romance featuring once of the best chemistry in an on-screen couple that always gets my emotions churning and tears flowing by the end of the movie.


high-school-romanceFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – High School/Teen Romance Movies, here’s a review of A Walk to Remember (2002) by Kim of Tranquil Dreams

Thanks again to Kim of Tranquil Dreams for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Reut of Sweet Archives.  We will be reviewing our favorite dark comedies. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Reut!

Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:


A Walk to Remember (2002)

a walk to remember poster

Director: Adam Shankman

Cast: Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah, Al Thompson, Lauren German

Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) and Landon Carter (Shane West) could not be more different. Jamie is the Reverend’s daughter and she is her own person not caring about about her appearance or how others see her…

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Valentine’s Marathon: A Walk to Remember (2002)

I’ve already seen A Walk to Remember a few times, once every few years.  Not my first viewing which you already know that I don’t hate this one at all.  I believe Message in a Bottle was what put Nicholas Sparks on the map but to me, A Walk to Remember is the one that resounds the most to me.  I’ll tell you why after a synopsis.

a walk to remember posterDirector: Adam Shankman

Cast: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah, Lauren German, Clayne Crawford, Al Thompson

Landon Carter (Shane West) is part of the popular group of kids in high school.  Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) is the Reverend’s daughter.  Nothing could pull these two together until Landon gets caught for trespassing and is given community service for his school.  One of the many include getting involved in the lead role of the school play.  Being new to this, he reluctantly asks Jamie for help, scared that it would tarnish his reputation.  As he gets to know her more, she makes him see the world in a different way.

A Walk to Remember has a different meaning to me as it holds the memory of the first time that I ever cried while reading a book.  Maybe its the only time. I did read this back in high school, probably ten years ago give or take and I still remember that strong feeling this book had on me.  To me, this was Nicholas Sparks best work and nothing could ever really beat it. When it was announced that this movie would be made, the excitement I had was out of this world. This was actually a really awesome adaptation. It touched me at least.  Rewatching it now that I’ve been more exposed to the world of film didn’t really change much, I was a total mess.  Waterworks for a good part of the last half. This one gets me every time.

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A Walk to Remember, to me, was the debut of Mandy Moore.  I really like her for her voice and the character she portrays was spot on.  She was smart, witty and really confident with herself.  She was also very strong but when she opened up her thoughts to Landon, that girl was definitely someone that was amazing.  Jamie Sullivan is the girl you want to be.  Someone who is loved and knows how to love someone else but at the same time and inspire change for the better or inspire someone to see their potential and to give confidence and faith to the one that she loves.  Its a well-written character and Mandy Moore did a great job at bringing her to life on screen.

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I haven’t seen Shane West other than A Walk to Remember and last year in The League of Extraordinary Men.  He actually has boyish charm and as I flipped through his filmography, he actually is in Nikita, a show that I’ve avoided because I don’t like the chick.  Anyways, Shane West does a fine Landon Carter.  Jamie Sullivan and Landon Carter are quite opposite but their characters compliment each other. In high school, he’s that bad boy that all the girls like but wish they could change. Someone with a big more to hide what he’s actually thinking of and someone who just needs the right person to nudge him in the right direction and figure out what he really wants.  I actually felt that when I was younger, I was touched by Mandy Moore’s character but this time, I felt like Shane West’s performance really contributed a lot to it too.  The scene where he takes Jamie out and tries to complete things off her “bucket list” is just so fun!

a walk to remember shane west mandy moore

Sure, this movie is sappy.  I’m not going to deny that.  But, its done so well.  The story is cute, smart and heart-warming and of course, there’s always a heartbreak, bittersweet is Nicholas Sparks calling.  He always does it.  There never is a damn happy ending, never.  For this one, its what makes this story even better because its about the essence of love, how you can’t see it but you can feel it around you.

Maybe I’m biased but this movie works for me.  Its romantic and sweet.  I love it! Its not something I’d go watching frequently because it’d ruin how precious it feels to me and I’m not one to cry all the time.  Still, its a nice reminder of the precious things in life. It holds a lot of nice messages, a few memorable quotes and I absolutely love the songs. I still think the book has a bigger impact than the movie but amongst the many adaptations I’ve seen, this one is done pretty well 🙂

Have you seen A Walk to Remember? Have you read the book? What do you think of it? Any opinions on Mandy Moore or Shane West? 

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Believe it or not, this was the first movie I purchased (well, got for free) on my tablet back in  November.  I’ve never really been in the mood to watch it until the other day, I had to actually squeeze in a movie since its been slightly slow on the movie reviews area and my brain was tired from writing reviews..haha! Here it is…lets see how a movie lead by Sean Connery is.  Don’t hate me..I haven’t seen a lot of movies with Sean Connery so its a pretty new experience!

the league of extraordinary gentlemen posterDirector: Stephen Norrington

Cast: Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, Richard Roxburgh, Max Ryan

The British empire (I think) is in peril because of the haunting of the Phantom who is using his army of bad guys with heavy armory to rob and terrorize the streets.  It is then the empire employs many heroes with special talents to join together.  Representing the empire is M (Richard Roxburgh), he brings Allan Quartermain (Sean Connery) back from Africa, Captain Nemo to sail the ship to get them from different locations, Skinner (Tony Curran) for his invisibility, Mina Harker (Peta Wilson) for her vampirism skills (if you call it that), Dorion Gray (Stuart Townsend) for his indestructibility, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde ( for his strength with the special agent Tom Sawyer as the extra addition.   Together they need to find the Phantom and stop him before he reaches the council`s secret location.

Its the first time I am writing a review so many days after seeing it and I think it really shows that this movie doesn`t have too many things worth remembering.  However, I think most of the problem is in the plot.  Still, I can`t seem to pinpoint why I’m not a huge fan.  

the league of extraordinary gentlemen allan and tom

The actors do a rather decent job and I really enjoyed the side story between Allan Quartermain and Tom Sawyer, like teaching a younger version of him something useful and all.  I do enjoy Shane West on screen even if he isn’t on a lot and the other time I’ve seen him was in A Walk to Remember.  However, he is a pretty good actor.  I particularly liked the general voiceover of Skinner since he wasn’t completely visible most of the time.  

the league of extraordinary gentlemen allan and co

What really worked for me in this action fantasy flick was how they rounded up all these known fictional characters and put them all together to form this extraordinary league to fight The Phantom.  That was a great move.  Maybe for me it was better because I have so many unknown characters in here because I don’t know classic stories very much and didn’t know the background story so whenever something happened, I was extremely excited to see what would happen.  Even if at no point in time did I find any of them in any grave danger or that the Phantom was much of a threat…

league of extraordinary gentlemen mina tom

One thing that really does look weird was the CGI.  However I think its because its already 10 years old that its just back then that was how it was.  I’d have to check up what else was released in 2003 to have a comparison but its okay.  CGI usually doesn’t bother me too much but it was obvious that it was quite fake.  This comes down to whether you can accept and buy whats going on afterwards, right?  It had a lot of action and explosions to compensate for everything and it gave some suspense (even if I found it slightly predictable).

the league of extraordinary gentlemen allan dorian jekyll Overall, this was an action movie with an okay plot and decent cast.  I enjoyed it because it was a new concept to me just the way I’d enjoy Van Hellsing.  Its a personal preference in my mind.  I wasn’t looking for a masterpiece to begin with so I think that part really helped.  I’m staying neutral with this one.  It was fun and entertaining to watch for me.

What do you think? Did you see this flick? Is there some other Sean Connery movies you’d suggest?