20th Century Fox
May 7, 2013
Safe Haven, based on Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name is available today on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download.
Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough star in this spellbinding romantic drama based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). When a mysterious, beautiful woman named Katie (Hough), moves to Southport, North Carolina, she sparks the interest of the locals, especially Alex (Duhamel), a handsome widower. Although she is attracted to Alex, Katie is reluctant to trust him – that is, until a new friend (Cobie Smulders) convinces her to give Alex a chance. But before long, a dark secret from Katie’s past threatens her happiness in this thrilling romance directed by Lasse Hallström (Dear John).I'll probably be the first to admit that Nicholas Sparks movies can be . . . well, they're Nicholas Sparks movies -- and books. I am a bit in love with The Notebook, still, but The Last Song just didn't work for me. (Dear John was in the middle and I haven't seen The Lucky One; from what I remember the older movies are pretty good.)
That all said -- and it was said, not to knock Nicholas Spark, his books or the movies, but because I know some people do not like them -- Safe Haven is probably my favorite after The Notebook -- maybe tied with A Walk to Remember (though I still like that book much better).
The story in Safe Haven felt less cliched than the last few I've seen/read. It didn't seem to have as much of a formula to it. It was definitely still a sweet, enjoyable romance but it was not one hundred percent focused on Katie and Alex. Katie's secret had 'its' own story line that was developing alongside the romantic one and it added a bit of tension.
The movie did start out a bit slowly, awkwardly (not the very beginning) but once all that needed or wanted to be established was, the real plot could get gong and it was smoother. Both Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel did a really good job and it's a really cute movie. If you are going to watch it, ThinkJam has created a Nite-In feature for the movie, with great food ideas for while you watch the movie -- linked right here:
Click on the menu items to be taken to the recipes!
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(and since this is, primarily a YA blog, be responsible, and no drinking alcohol if you're not of legal age to do so)