A romantic drama centered on two new lovers: Tyler (Robert Pattinson), whose parents have split in the wake of his brother’s suicide, and Ally (Emilie de Ravin), who lives each day to the fullest since witnessing her mother’s murder. A film focused on many different types of relationships and how important they are in everyday life.
To start off I feel I have to say that this film really surprised me and I totally enjoyed every second of it. I really found it to be something special with so many different messages attached to it. I think part of the reason it totally consumed me had to be that the two main characters of Tyler and Ally are the same age as myself, which made me pay more attention to it.
Showing how people cope with a massive tragedy in their lives was the main pulling point of this film, as all of the characters were really affected by something awful. The Hawkins family and the loss of their son/brother and Ally and her father coping with the loss of her mother/wife.
Tyler and Caroline’s relationship was such a highlight of the film, you just knew that the scenes they would appear in together would be very sweet and most of the time make you smile, no matter what they were facing in life. Fantastic performance from the young actress who really managed to just break your heart in so many different ways.
Tyler used to write notes to his brother Michael who killed himself, which I found to be a very interesting way for him to cope with his death. I found the character development to be very good, not revealing too much at once for each of the characters and letting you get to know how they were feeling in very personal ways.
The relationship between Tyler and his father was very difficult to watch at times. We gradually found out that Tyler has some resentment towards his father for Michael’s death even blaming him, he is also extremely annoyed in the manner his father treats Caroline not being active in her life.
Ally also has a strange relationship with her father, as he is extremely overprotective of her as she had witnessed the murder of her mother 10 years early. Which was the very first scene of the film which really set a dramatic tone.
SLIGHT SPOILER !!!!!!September 11th attacks being the ending of the film. I some how guessed and saw this coming as the film was drawing towards the end especially with the way the characters seemed to change and done somethings differently that day. Although I am not entirely sure when exactly I clicked onto that it was before the date was written on the blackboard in Caroline’s school.
The last lines were very important to the whole film really “Michael, Caroline asked me what I would say if I knew you could hear me. I said I do know: I love you. God, I miss you. And I forgive you.” The forgiveness part was very important, as that had shown that Tyler was not angry at his brother for taking his own life instead he just missed and loved him so much.
I know a big talking point from people before they go and see this film is the whole Robert Pattinson debate, I mean I was the same I really wanted to know how well Robert can actually act. I will totally admit that I was very impressed and found he really did just keep you wanting more from the character. He was very passionate in the role which was just fantastic to watch. I am not starting to think he really can get away from the whole Edward Cullen character even if it will take him quite a while when the Twilight saga is over, this performance is a good way to begin moving away from that now.