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A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move on and find happiness.Written by
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A Good Choice For Costner, But It's Newman Who Steals The Movie
Continuing my plan to watch every Kevin Costner movie in order, I come to 1999's Message In A Bottle.
Plot In A Paragraph: Theresa (Robin Wright Penn) finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder (KC) whose wife died tragically early. As the two grow closer, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move on and find happiness.
Following a public mauling, KC took 1998 off. For the first time since 1986, KC did not have a movie out in cinemas. Returning with Message In A Bottle was a good career move for KC, it's based on a best selling novel, it has a solid (if slightly predictable) story, great dialogue, it is beautifully shot and has good performances. OK it's a chick flick, but it's one of the better ones.
But for me, KC is not at his best, I know he is meant to be moody and melancholy, but for me he mostly comes off as subdued. In contrast Robin Wright Penn gives my favourite performance of her career and Paul Newman simply owns every scene he is in, and I believe he should have been nominated for an Oscar. I remember one review I can't recall who, maybe Barry Norman, saying "Newman not only steals every scene he's in, but he puts it in the bank and gets interest on it." It made me laugh.
I remember buying the book before seeing the movie, and there were some considerable differences, including the amount of notes sent and the ending.
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