February 28th 2009 15:09
I actually found this film refreshing and despite the fact that a weepie or romance film is not my genre of choice, I enjoyed watching the two actors together.
Dianne Lane plays Adrienne Willis, a tired mother struggling to find balance in her life with her two young children and a wayward husband (Christopher Meloni - best known for his role on Law and Order - Special Victims Unit). Retreating to Rodanthe to manage an inn for her best friend Jean (Viola Davis) in order to think things through, she meets the lone guest Dr Paul Flanner, visiting Rodanthe to meet his demons head on. Responsible for the death of a local women under his care as a plastic surgeon, he comes to Rodanthe at the wishes of the deceased women's husband (Scott Glenn).
The movie requires the viewer to suspend a certain amount of believability as the circumstances upon which these two characters meet is not entirely realistic but the way the relationship plays out has some very genuine and beautiful moments. A hurricane hits Rodanthe literally pushing them into each other's arms and it is the escape from the turmoil in each other's lives that brings comfort, more than the romance itself.
Their meeting is brief but memorable and after a few days together, Adrienne and Paul go their separate ways, maintaining a romantic relationship through letters as they slowly rebuild their own lives in order to reunite once again.
Director George C Wolfe moves away from his usual role in theatre work and does a good job with his first full length feature. The setting is gorgeous and the casting definitely works in the film's favour.
If you don't expect too much then you will enjoy the film immensely. The message of the movie is simple - it is about finding oneself and finding a love which will inspire you to be the best you can be.
Voyage Review: 3/5