Denzel Washington directs Michael B. Jordan, Chanté Adams and Robert Wisdom in the romantic drama where a single mother relates to her son how she met and fell in love with his soldier father.
The fine performances, great looks and casual chemistry between Jordan and Adams get this over the finish line. It can be way too stodgy, corny, conservative and flat. Often simultaneously. Denzel is directing the actors, that is his focus and strength… but his visual toolbox is barren and he rarely varies from a blunt medium range shot throughout. Hard to believe he made so many movies in collaboration with Spike Lee and Tony Scott. Yet when was the last time you went to see a weepie with such attractive leads? These movies aren’t meant to be art, this certainly isn’t, but it hits the spot.
Perfect Double Bill: The Notebook (2004)
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