from what the other reviews say of this film, i really wasn't sure what to expect when my cousin sat me down this afternoon to watch it.
Like most film of this kind, which are liked by soppy women, who break into tears over anything, i was expecting the whole thing to be long, dull and over the top, but i was clearly mistaken.
I was genuinley inthralled for the whole two hours, which took me by complete surprise.
I won't give away much but this is a story revolving around lost love, and the secrets that come out about it after a family tradegy. The story jumps from place to place- for instance from Michigan to belfast, and skips from war time to 1991, and back and forth. Now when movies do that kind of thing it often annoys me, but it was done very well, skipping at the appropriate times so that the story and environment was a little more varied and I did not find the time and location jumps confusing at all, which can often be the case in some features. In this movie however I welcomed them, and I think if the whole thing had been set in one time and in one place than I would have got bored.
I found the plot very well constructed, and it may not be the most enthralling, creative or complexed plot, but it is very satisfying and unravels nicely throughout in a controlled manner, and dosn't bore you by being predictable or being filled with to many cliches.
the acting in it, i must admit was not the very best, it was to a good movie standard, but i just found it a little bit more melodramatic at times than it really needed to be.
Overall, this is a well contructed love story set across two times and locations that smoothly bind their way together into one enlightening feature, however it's not for everyone, and people who arn't into romance or drama, or if you find sudden location and era jumping annoying, then perhaps won't find this as appealing as i did, but bare in mind, It is much better than I had been led to beleive in my opinion, so it's worth a watch!