Before I even get into the movie, can I please just show off I think one of my favorite moments … EVER? Seriously! Over the summer, you might remember posting about the Safe Haven movie filming while on vacation in Southport, NC. Yes, that’s right. I totally met Josh Duhamel. And, let me tell you… he is total SWEETNESS in person. Like, more than you drool over in your sleep! 😉
Josh was seriously so nice. It was so clear he was exhausted, but after making best buddies with the security guard who brought Josh over to see me, he took the time to chat with me for a few minutes and take a picture. Seriously…. my favorite family vacation – EVER. Yep, Josh Duhamel and I… we’re friends 😉 Landyn talks about him all the time and thought it was cool his mom got to see his friend Josh on the big screen! HA!
Notice the shirt in that picture? I could totally point out what scenes I actually saw them filming during the movie!
Now aside from my drool worthy moment, the movie. Can I just say : LOVE!?
Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough bring Nicholas Sparks novel to life. Let me first say. I was NOT a fan of the cast when they first released it. I love Josh, don’t get me wrong.. ever since his Leo Dupre days, BUT he is so not the Alex as described in the book. But I was blown away!
I can’t even rave enough about this movie (I’ve done it for weeks via social media and constantly since I saw it Monday night!) Julianne and Josh have so much chemistry it’s kind of hard to believe they’re snuggling with Mr Seacrest & Fergie Ferg right now instead of each other 😉
I am a Nicholas Sparks girl. I’ve read every single one of his books, own all of the movie adaptations, and pay attention to every detail. Heck.. I named my first born after a character in his book! Mr Landyn Carter.. that’s my boy 😉 I am a CRITIC when it comes to these films and left “The Last Song” so disappointed in the movie.
“Safe Haven”.. there’s simply no disappointment. Josh plays Alex, a widowed father of two living in small town Southport, NC running the general store that was passed down to him. Enter Katie, a fearful Boston native who is running away from her abusive husband and lands in Southport. It’s no surprise being a Nicholas Sparks story the two overcome fears, soar through obstacles, and find love, but it’s all the in between’s that have you at the edge of your seat.
Is it different from the book? Yes, in many ways. Does it leave out a lot of important detail? Absolutely. There is so much about Katie and Alex you don’t get to see or feel in the movie, BUT they bring those characters to life in a way that’s not easy to do when adapting a book into a movie.
So much was crunched into the run time of the movie, it would have been impossible to really pull it all into the film. However, despite my casting doubts.. Julianne and Josh are Katie and Alex. In every way. And Josh Duhamel was easy to watch on the big screen 😉
I fell in love with Alex and his heroism. I admired Katie and her strength. And I felt their love unfolding before me. Safe Haven is simply a must see. They captivated the words of Nicholas Sparks in such a great way and I absolutely cannot wait to see it again! It’s a classic Nicholas Sparks story. The movie is so different from the book though, even though I knew the story going in, I was pleasantly surprised as it unfolded before me.
Obsession of Josh Duhamel and Nicholas Sparks aside… “Safe Haven” tells a story we can all relate to in one way or another. Whether we can relate specifically to Katie and her situation or in another way, “Safe Haven” is all about taking chances and falling in love. That’s something everyone deserves to experience in their lifetime and it was absolutely captivating to experience and watch this book come to life. You can feel the chemistry and feel what Katie and Alex are going through.
If you haven’t read the book… you must! I would seriously recommend reading it before you see the movie if you haven’t and I even started reading it again after watching 😉
The surprise at the end wasn’t much of a surprise if you’ve read the book (although admittedly, I completely forgot what was coming until my husband guessed and I thought about it.) I thought what came at the end made the whole story and tugged at your heartstrings. I’d be interested to hear what those of you who’ve read the book or will see the movie think about it.
SAFE HAVEN OPENS IN THEATERS ON VALENTINE’S DAY!
So men…. take those women in your lives, suck it up for one night… and you’ll even get to see Julianne in a bikini! 😉
& I’ll leave you with the official music video from the soundtrack with Gavin Degraw and Colbie Caillat. I’m kind of obsessed.
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