Mandy Moore sheds her “Love is like candy” image and stars
in a more earnest romantic role in A Walk to Remember. It is about life’s
journey, coming of age and most importantly love. It shows that each and
every one of us can change throughout our lives no matter how for away we are
from our destiny. It is a thoughtful film tackling many issues that face
society and each and every one of us at some stage in our lives. Mandy Moore
stars as the female lead and does an excellent job as leading actress showing
that love is not like Candy and there is more meaning to life.
Landon (Shane West) is a
school jock with callous disregard for other people’s feelings. He is
popular, cool, funny and confident, everything that Jamie (Mandy Moore) is
not. After Landon plays a prank on a student that goes horribly wrong he is
sentenced to tutoring a young student and to participate in the school play.
He meets Jamie who is conservative, serious but certainly not lacking in
excessive profoundness and intelligence. Slowly Landon and Jamie become
closer after an initial distant, coarse relationship. Events unfold that
develop the relationship further until a twist occurs which changes the tact
of the relationship altogether.
Apart from the serious
delivery of this film it is done well especially Mandy’s performance which
will amaze the viewer. Her role is done with maturity and caution, which to
the average viewer is quite convincing. Mandy sings in small parts to remind
us of her foundation of stardom.
Landon’s right of passage
is interesting and is a treat to watch. He slowly metamorphosis with help
from Jamie and becomes more thoughtful and sensitive in conduct. There are
some magical moments in the leading romance to stay in true Hollywood format.
It is entertaining especially to young people and will produce a few rights of
passage of its own on impressionable young minds.
The music and sound are
extremely good and you’ll find yourself humming to Mandy’s performances
throughout. Sound is in Dolby 5.1 format and uses all speakers in this
setting. There is no low-level noise for those techies out there that want to
know all the technical stuff.
The extras are great and
entertaining especially for youngsters that idolise Mandy Moore. The director
is very happy and proud of his film and his passion for the movie is evident
throughout his interviews. The interviews are informative and add a
background and understanding to the story. This is a great feel good film
recommended to youngsters aged between 15 and 20 especially school goers.
A Walk to
- Scene Selections
- A Day on the Set with Mandy Moore
- Cast & Crew Interviews
- Behind the Scenes