Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Movie Monday-Nights in Rodanthe

I know, I know...I'm a day late! This week my oldest son will be turning 5, and I have been in a crazy cleaning mode to prepare for his Friday night party!

So today while I was cleaning the kitchen I hooked up my dvd player to my pink Hello Kitty tv and re watched "Nights in Rodanthe!" Yes I have a pink Hello Kitty tv in my kitchen! I'm crazy like that! ;)I have decided that this movie is probably my favorite Richard Gere movie! I love it on so many different levels! I've blogged about this movie after I first saw it. You can read about that here!

If you haven't seen this movie, you might not want to read my review, because I am basically going to give away the ending. I normally try to just review the movie, but the ending had a big impact on me. Anyway, here it goes.

First off, I am going to give this movie a 10 on the scale of Richard Gere hotness! The hair, the wrinkles...everything was PERFECT! Here's a photo from one of the scenes! The movie is from 2008 and like I've said many times before, Richard Gere is like a fine wine...the older he gets, the better he is! ;) I'm sure that when he's 90 and in a wheel chair, he'll still be turning my head! ;)
Ok let's get started. This movie is about a woman named Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) who was asked by a friend to run her bed and breakfast (beach house) while she was out of town. There was only guest that she needed to take care of, whose name is Paul Flanner (Richard Gere).

Adrienne was currently separated from her husband and a mother to a young son and teenage daughter. Her kids were on vacation with their dad, so it's just Adriane and Paul alone in the house. They begin to get to know each other and soon find out that they have a lot in common.

Paul is a divorced surgeon, and is in town to visit with a family who is suing him for wrongful death. During all of this drama a huge hurricane hits and the two embrace each other in fear and that spirals into a whole lot of Richard Gere lovin'! Side note: I am terrified of bad storms...too bad I couldn't cuddle up with RG! Now that would make me feel much better! :)
Paul is estranged from his son. His son, also a doctor, is doing volunteer work in a foreign country. Paul plans to go and work with his son with hopes of rebuilding their relationship.
Both Paul and Adrienne promise to continue their relationship after he returns to the states. Over a period of time they converse through romantic letters. Paul finally is ready to return to the states and Adrienne has prepared the same meal that she served him at the beach house. She waits and waits and he doesn't show up. She falls asleep.
The next morning she is awoken by the doorbell and runs downstairs thinking it is Paul. She opens the door to discover Paul's son and tears immediately stream from her eyes. She finds out that Paul had died in a mudslide. And she also finds out that Paul completely changed for the good in his sons eyes.
His son says to Adrienne: "Just as we were starting to know each other again... ...he was taken away from me. Because of you, he was a changed man. You gave me back my father. You saved him."
Oh my goodness, what a line! Everytime I hear him say that I sob and sob and sob!
Paul's son gives her a box of his possessions. In it Adrienne finds all the letters that Paul had received from her. Surprisingly she finds an unmailed letter that Paul had wrote to her! As she reads it she cries hysterically. This is where I cry too! The letter said and you hear Paul's voice:
Dear Adrienne,
In a few days we'll be together again. I can't wait to meet Danny and Amanda, walk on our beach, and spend another night in the Blue Room with you in my arms. But most of all, I can't wait for our life to begin together. Thank you for showing me that it wasn't too late. All I can do to repay you is promise to love you forever. And I do.
Just typing that right now, and I started to cry! What's wrong with me? Am I just over emotional? I think it's because I can relate so much to her loss. I have been in love before, but not the type of love that I experience now with my husband.
Adrienne is right when she said:
"But there's another kind of love, Amanda. One that gives you the courage to be better than you are, not less than you are. One that makes you feel that anything is possible. I want you to know that you could have that. I want you to hold out for it."
Adrienne spent a lot of time in bed and crying, and I totally connected with how she was feeling. I couldn't imagine spending my life without my husband!
Another part of the movie that made me cry was the ending when she saw the horses running up the beach. She told Paul in the beginning that the horses never wander that far down the beach, and he promised her that someday they would! It was just a surprise in the movie that just made you cry and thinking about it brings tears to my eyes! I am quite surprised that I didn't cry when I saw the wild horses on the beaches of Assateague last month. I did think about the movie though!

This year on vacation I did want to go down to North Carolina were the movie was made. I wanted to see the house where it was filmed since this is my all time favorite RG movie. The house which is basically out in the water has been condemned and is in bad shape. As I was looking for photos tonight to share with you I discovered that this year the house was relocated. So now there is hope that the house can be restored!
Here is a photo of it being relocated.
And here is a clip of it's relocation that I found on Youtube. You can see that video here.
One of my favorite lines in the movie was when Paul said to Adrienne: "And any man is a fool who doesn't know how incredibly lucky he is to have you."

Like I said I give it a Richard Gere hotness rating of a 10! I think that is a first so far in all my reviews! I don't think he could get much hotter than in this movie! :)
But go out and rent this movie if you haven't seen it already. Buy a copy...buy two copies, you won't regret it! Oh and another note. This movie was based on the book written by Nicholas Sparks. I read the book before I saw the movie and I loved it! It's totally worth reading!


Kirby3131 said...

A pink Hello Kitty TV? and you adore RG. You are a hoot, a real hoot.

This is not one of my favorite movies, but I have to admit that the ending did make me cry buckets of tears. I love Diane Lane - Love her! but I just didn't like a lot of the storyline, so it was a toughy for me to truly enjoy. I'm so glad you love it though :)

Kristin - The Goat

Anonymous said...

Hi, I often read your blog as I too am a huge Richard Gere fan.
At least living in the US you are nearer to him! I can only worship him from afar - the UK.
The nearest I got to Richard was when I visited New York and went to his restaurant with my husband -one of the highlights of my life!
I'll keep reading your blog so I can oggle Richard from time to time.

Best wishes, Gail

Gail said...


I just read my comment and must have pressed the wrong button - I didn't want to be anonymous!


Ruth Ann said...

Hi Gail! Welcome and thank you for reading my blog! That is sooo cool that you got to eat at his restaurant! It's only about 7 hours from my house, and I thought about going, but it's tough for me because of my two small boys! He actually was nearby when he filmed "Mothman Prophecies!" He filmed that movie about a half hour from my house, but at that time I wasn't a Richard Gere fan! But I keep waiting hopefully someday he'll film a movie nearby again! :) Thanks for reading my blog! And feel free to send me an e-mail sometime! rshal@zoominternet.net
Have a great weekend!
-Ruth Ann

Ann in the UP said...

I just "met" you, but I do admire your taste in movie hunks. Gere does seem to get better as he gets older.

I like Diane Lane, too. I need to watch this movie. Netflix, here I come. Nothing like a tragic chick flick!