February 15, 2013
Kind of like the book...
Saw Safe Haven last night and I couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed. As far as movies go, this was great! The acting is believable, the setting is gorgeous and the music is so beyond perfect, it literally left me speechless sometimes! But for a film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, it sucked. They changed character names, changed some story lines and didn't really develop Katie's character nearly as much as they should have. It is a story about a woman starting over after an abusive marriage, but they spend so much time leading up to that and making you think she's a criminal that the "big reveal" of Katie's past was really anticlimactic. I found myself thinking, "WHAT?? That's it?" They should have made Katie's character more vulnerable as she is written in the book. Julianne Hough did a good job, but portrayed a different Katie than the one in the book.
All in all, Safe Haven was totally enjoyable, thrilling, and perfectly romantic movie, but not as good as the book!
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