A Walk to Remember (movie)
Movie Release Date: January 25, 2002 | On DVD/VOD: July 9, 2002
Distributed by: Warner Bros Pictures
Movie Length: 102 minutes
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance)
Each spring in the little port town of Beaufort, North Carolina, Landon Carter remembers his senior year at Beaufort High and Jamie Sullivan, the girl who changed his life.
Serious and conservative, Jamie (Moore) was as far from cool as she could possibly be, and didn’t care. Landon (West) hung with the in-crowd — an aimless, moody, reckless guy who breezed through school on looks and bravado and had no plans, no future and no faith in himself.
When a prank goes terribly wrong landing a kid in the hospital, Landon is assigned to tutor a young student on the weekends and participate in the Drama Club’s spring play. Clearly in over his head with both assignments, Landon is forced to ask Jamie for help. Soon, against his own expectations and the scorn of his friends, Landon finds himself falling in love with this outwardly plain girl who possesses a passion for life he never imagined possible.
The movie version of A Walk to Remember is set in a more modern time (1998). The movie opens with Landon Carter our hero meeting up with his friends at a river gorge where he and his friends plan on tricking a new guy to the group into jumping into the water below from high above the ground. This doesn’t end up well since the new guy ends up hurt. Landon is than punished by the school principal for this incident, plus several other school related incidents. He is required to do some community service and participate in the annual Christmas play. Landon our hero is popular, cocky and just too cool for school.
Jamie Sullivan our heroine is as straitlaced as they come. She is the only daughter of the town preacher. She and Landon have known each other since they were children. With Landon’s new “duties” he finds himself thrown into Jamie’s world. Landon finds himself drawn to Jamie and her goodness. He finds it interesting that she doesn’t seem to care what others opinion of her are. As their lives become intertwined and a sweet love blossoms between these two they will find that they will have to face the biggest obstacle that threatens their new found love.
I was a little put off with the beginning of movie since it was so different from the book. I didn’t realize going to see this movie way back when, that this movie was going to be a more modern version (book was set in 1950s). Once I got my head wrapped around that change I was able to sit back and enjoy the movie. I thought they did great job casting Jamie and Landon. Mandy Moore and Shane West were fantastic in their portrayal of Jamie and Landon. I love the song that was sung in this movie during the annual Christmas play. The sound track was really great. The little sequence they did where Landon helps Jamie complete some of the things on her list “of to do’s” before she dies was absolute fun. There were many sweet moments in the movie that differed from the book that I enjoyed. There were some things that the movie could of done without like the little scene with the other kids making fun of Jamie with the picture. I thought they over dramatized that scene but that’s just my opinion. The movie could have been a little shorter too. Sometimes it felt like I was watching an after school special rather than a major motion movie. Despite those little complaints, overall this was an enjoyable movie that is great to watch with the family. Make sure you have a box of Kleenex on hand.