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on January 30, 2003
Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn, along with Paul Newman and Robbie Coltrane star in this stomach-turning film based on Nicholas Sparks's titled novel. Penn plays Theresa Osbovue, a woman who falls in love with a man she has never met. A single-mom following a heart-breaking divorce, Theresa retains custody of her son Jason. On a solitary vacation while Jason visits his dad, Theresa is jogging along a remote stretch of coastline when she picks up a sand-immersed bottle containing a passionate letter signed G. The letter turns out to be a heartfelt soliloquy to Catherine. After Theresa's boss publishes the sappy note on the newspaper, Theresa unexpectedly receives a plethora of responses and oddly more letters of the same letterhead turns up at her office. The bittersweet poetry from the letter pulls Theresa's heartstrings and prompts her to search for this man known as the initial G. The movie has adopted from Sparks' novel and seen minor modifications such as the locations of places and the much. Theresa's search for Garret Blake is somewhat cut short in the movie. So if you're interested you should read the novel before watching the movie. Other than that the movie sticks with the original plot:still sad, poignant and heartbreaking, and a bit stomach-turning. Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn make an interesting couple to watch. I have to compliment on the beautiful cinematography. The movie, however, is not a bad selection for those who want to enjoy a cozy quiet evening at home. 37/50 3.7 stars.
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on December 19, 1999
This is the story of a journey of the heart for Theresa Osborne, a researcher-writer for the Chicago Tribune and a divorced mom with a young son, Jason. When Jason's dad takes him for a summer visit, Theresa's journey begins at a deserted beach on Cape Cod where she finds a message in a bottle.
The message Theresa reads quite obviously tugs at her soul as she proceeds to share it with her hostess at the bed and breakfast where she's staying, with her co-workers back at the Tribune where she returns one day early, and with her boss, who does her the favor of sharing the message with Chicago.
Theresa sets out on a mission, with the paper's encouragement, to find out who the message was written by and the story behind it all. Using her job's resources, she tracks down the author in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He is Garret Blake, a terse ship-builder and restorer whose discomfort with the world around him is alleviated only by his passion for the sea.
Kevin Costner (Blake) does well with roles that don't require a lot of overt emotion and he does well here. Robin Wright-Penn as Theresa was very good as the reporter who gets all too caught up in her story. A special mention of Paul Newman here doing yeoman character work as Blake's father Dodge, who understands his son's pain all too well and who tries to help all around him keep their emotions in check and headed in the right direction.
The movie's downfall comes from a meandering plot from screenwriter Gerald DiPego ("Phenomenon") and a decidedly downbeat denouement. However, the acting, locations, and direction of Luis Mandoki are good, bordering on excellent.
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on March 20, 2004
The plot of this movie was simply beautiful, especially coming from brilliant Nicholas Sparks. The movie was sweet and subtle showing the relationship between a man and a woman.
A woman is a writer, and finds a bottle written with a very beautiful note. She wants to find the author of the notes and possibly write a story on him.
She does meet him, and ironically falls in love with him. She collects the notes any way she can loving him even more. While on her journey, she spends a lot of time with the new man she's fallen in love with.
She has to leave to be with her son who was with his dad over the holiday. Problems arise, and hardships are endured.
The novel and movie are both very touching and romantic.
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on August 11, 1999
Yes it is the same role as the Mariner, the Postman, Wyatt Earp, A Perfect World and others Costner has played. The good news is it works here too. This is an endearing story of a woman (Robyn Wright Penn) who discovers a message in a bottle. It is a goodbye letter to Costner's wife after she has died. She is instantly attracted to the poet author of the note, and seeks him out. He turns out to be a ship builder who lives alone except for visits from his father, another powerful performance from Paul Newman. This is a fairy tale like story, but with a darkly ironic ending which turned me off. Of course it's not the first love story to end in such a way, but then I never like it when it does.
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on July 16, 2002
I was told by alot of friends that I should read the book
"Message in a Bottle". I said sure why not, I could use a good read. People were literally raving about this book. So, I read it in record time. I could not put down this book!!!!!!!
Nicholas Sparks does an EXCELLENT job with the story. And I haven't mentioned what I thought of the movie because it didn't even come close to the book in any aspect. I guess I should have watched the movie first...but even if you have seen the movie, I highly recommend that you read the book! It will make you laugh, cry and love such a great love story!!
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on September 26, 1999
Bittersweet tale of true love. It's about how a widower cannot let go of the memory of his dead wife, even though he has fallen in love again. Kevin Costner underplays his role but competently. Robin Wright is good as the second woman in his life. She has a very mobile, expressive face & a lovely smile. The end is v.poignant - maybe not what the box office would want but I think it is the end which lifts this movie from the cliche'd romantic films one comes across every week. Paul Newman as Costner's father is excellent. It is also a story of the sea, the sea that claims all those it loves.
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on August 3, 1999
When I first heard of this movie I did not want to go and see. Then a couple of weeks after its release people told me to go see, but I didn't see it at the movie theater. I rented it today and it was a pretty good film I have seen better though. The begining was boring, but it picked up from there. The ending was so sad, but like most of these movies you can predict how they end. I geuss this would be one of those movies I would watch again.
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on March 27, 2001
The story is so nice, Kevin Costner as so good and the movie as a whole is worth watching but...
What I did not like about this movie is the actress Robin Wright, I wish Julia Roberts played this role instead of Robin. Robin acting, looks nor expressions are suitable for this film!
Plus the movie gets a little bit boaring in the middle...
But still it is a good movie... I LOVED THE STORY!
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on January 1, 2001
I just finished watching this movie. It was interesting enough to hold my attention this one time, but I can't imagine wanting to own it and watch it again.
It was pretty predictable. I knew Costner's character, would find that bottle in Theresa's apartment. You could feel that coming from the start.
Rent this one, don't buy it.
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on March 27, 2013
Except for Costner, this film is fun to watch, even for a guy like me. I think this is a chick flick that guys can enjoy. The lighting techs/artists should have received an academy award - it's tremendous. But Kevin Costner is absolutely terrible in this film. I thank the seller for such fast delivery and a good product.
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