Starring Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah.
A Walk to Remember is a heart warming, uplifting story which reminds us that good always overpowers bad – eventually. The ‘bad’ is presented to us in the form of Landon Carter (Shane West) whose tough exterior behavior is greatly influenced by his friends. The ‘good’ comes in the shape of Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore), angelic in every sense as is her unfailing faith in God. Even though Landon and Jamie have been in the same classes at school since kindergarten, they don’t really know each other however their forced acquaintance changes both their lives.
As part of Landon’s punishment for his wrong doings, he must take part in the school play. It is here where he finds the better part of himself. Moreover he finds love in Jamie. We get to hear
Moore’s magnificent voice when she takes on a singing part in the play. In the interim, Jamie’s protective Pastor father (Peter Coyote) is disapproving of Jamie’s choice in Landon whilst Landon’s mother (Daryl Hannah) finds her son’s new found aspirations rather refreshing.
We see how opposites really do attract and that despite peer pressure a wholesome, beautiful love develops between the two teenagers despite Jamie’s request to Landon, “Promise me you won’t fall in love with me”. Quite delightful is how Landon sets out to make Jamie’s “list of things to do” become a reality – get a tattoo, be in two places at once, make an invention… Probably the most memorable scene in the movie is when Landon describes his love for Jamie, “Our love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it”.
If you’re looking for raunchy sex scenes, you’re not going to find it here – love is portrayed in the biblical sense in keeping with Jamie’s faith that ‘love is patient, love is kind, love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs”. Another message that comes across in this touching tale is strength – overcoming ‘weaknesses’ without apportioning blame and living life to the fullest despite it’s obstacles.
Karen Janszen has given us a moving script whilst Adam Shankman gives first-class directing. I promise you this – you’ll watch this movie more than once, it’s that poignant!