The Lost Valentine (2011) Review

Susan (Hewitt) is a young and cynical journalist who learns that love can withstand time and many trials, when she comes across a story that will change her life forever.

When war separates lovers on their wedding anniversary Feb. 14, 1944 at LA Union Train Station, Navy pilot Neil Thomas (Billy Magnussen) makes a promise he isn’t sure he can keep – to return to the train station safe by their next anniversary. For sixty years Caroline Thomas (Betty White/Meghann Fahy) keeps her promise by waiting at the train station until her missing in action husband can finally keep his with the “lost valentine.”

Susan makes a promise to Caroline that she will find out exactly what happened to her young husband Neil, and finally be able to put him to rest after the 60 years of wondering what happened. Susan who does not appear to believe in love not only has her eyes opened by this heartfelt story she also gets very close to Caroline’s grandson Lucas (Sean Faris).

This film surprised me a lot, as it was only a made for TV film. But that does not make its story or message any less heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. It is a very well made film, which really does manage to get under our skin. I think a major factor in all of this has to be the performance from Betty White. Everyone loves Betty White and she is the only Golden Girl who is still alive.

Her performance in this film was so believable and her character is such an inspiration, how she spent her life caring for everyone around her after her young husband was taken away from her after not very long together. He never got to meet his son, but carried round a photo of his wife and son with him until he died.

Jennifer Love Hewitt also took a very good part as reporter Susan who was trying to help Caroline find out what actually happened and put eventually be able to mourn properly for her husband. In this process Susan begins to realise that true love does actually exist which leads her to admitting that her current relationship is not right and who she should be with instead.

I really did enjoy this film as the story was just lovely from start to finish, it was a little surprise and I am sure everyone who gets to watch it will think the same.

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