I'm reviewing the movie Safe Haven not the book. I haven't read the book. I can only read so many Nicholas Sparks books. Not because he's not a good writer, but someone always dies at the end and he's not above killing off one of the two main love interests and I prefer a happily ever after ending. (What can I say? I'm a Cinderella girl.)
The movie is exactly what you expect. Boy and girl meet with complicated pasts, still dragging baggage around both physical and emotional that they must overcome in order to be together. Oh, and someone will end up dead. No spoilers here.
I liked the setting and characters. No issues with the acting. I thought both Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough turned in nice performances as did Cobie Smulders. The guy playing the villain was totally psychotic. If he ever shows up at your door. Run.
Warnings: This one is cleaner in terms of kisses than The Lucky One. Domestic violence, hand to hand combat, gun play, a deceased spouse and a fire.
I mention this last one because recently a family in our town lost two young children when their house went up in flames. They were all asleep in the home when it happened. The parents and two other children made it out, barely. So, this is my plug to remind you to test your alarms regularly and have a plan for escape from everywhere.
My one issue has to do with the story itself. When the hero finds out the heroine didn't tell him about her past, he tells her to leave but then runs after her to tell her to stay and that he loves her. The I love you's came to early in the relationship for me and I felt like the hero should be bothered by the fact that she's still married.
Recommendation: Catch it on Redbox.
For all you Sparks fans out there, what's your favorite book by him?
Mine is The Wedding.