In the Spirit of Valentine’s Day
I thought it’d be fun to highlight several movies that teach something about love and forgiveness.
My review of these movies is in no way suggesting that they are faith based. These movies are being featured because something about the husband/wife relationship profoundly impacted me. That dynamic is what I intend to highlight in each post.
Spoiler Alert: These posts may reveal a number of significant events related to each film. :o)
The Notebook: A husband’s enduring love creates a miracle
(PG 13, 2004 ‧ Drama/Romance ‧ 2h 4m)
Well, let’s kick of the week with the most romantic film I have ever seen . . . hands down! Now, this is definitely a subjective post, but I’ve gotten feedback about this film, and basically, it’s definitely one of the top 5 romantic films of all time. Again, my # 1 pick. (My daughter, Ashley, maintains that Titanic is the most romantic film ever. I can see why she’d think that, but I disagree. Perhaps it’s generational?)
I’m not digging very deep here for spiritual content. The short of it is that this man and woman loved each other deeply. Crazy deeply. I haven’t watched this movie in a really long time, but from what I can remember, the love birds are separated by the parents of the female lead character (Rachel McAdams), mostly over class issues. Eventually, they reunite, and when they do, Rachel discovers that her long lost lover has been faithful building a home for her the entire time. They eventually marry and raise a family, and Rachel falls victim to Alzheimer’s disease. She ends up in a home due to her illness and is virtually estranged from her children, but her husband is relentless in his pursuit of her, visits her constantly, and even endures occasional rejection and trauma due to him trying to help her recall who he is.
I’m stopping my review without disclosing my take home: that enduring love creates a miracle. I don’t want to provide any more spoilers. Even though I imagine that everyone who wanted to see this movie has probably already seen it, I don’t want to give away the end, just in case I’ve piqued your curiosity and you’re going to rent it. GO RENT IT!
I don’t want to oversell this movie. If I do that you may feel left wanting after watching it; but I seriously doubt that will happen. One caveat, however, if you watch it, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send the kids to your mother’s. Get a baby sitter. Unplug the house phone. Silence your cell phone. Disconnect your doorbell. Do whatever you must to not be interrupted AT ALL while you watch. It is that deep! Get your snacks before you cuddle with hubby and empty your bladder! You’ll want the impact that no interruptions will provide. (Same applies if you ever watch Dances with Wolves.)
I have watched romance films with my husband in the past (not all that many), but this one left its mark on us both. I can’t believe it, but after watching it together (at home) . . . Are you ready for this? . . . We held each other . . . and could not move . . . or speak. We sat silent for a while. And we both cried. THAT IS COMPLETELY UNBELIEVABLE! (How did that happen?) I DOUBT IT WILL EVER HAPPEN AGAIN!
If you’re the “watch a romantic movie on Valentine’s Day with my hubby” type, this could easily be your movie! (Note: Depending on your Christian sensibilities, you may be fast forwarding some parts.)
Up Next: Don’t miss tomorrow’s post The Pursuit of Happyness. Take home lesson: A wife who lacks the strength to endure hard times.