Message in a Bottle1999
Message in a Bottle (1999)
Critic Consensus: Handsome-looking but dramatically inert, Message in a Bottle maroons a formidable cast in a trite romance that lacks spark.
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as Garret Blake
as Theresa Osborne
as Dodge Blake
as Charlie Toschi
as Johnny Land
as Lina Paul
as Jason Osborne
as Marta Land
as Hank Land
as Man on Dock
as Man on Sinking Boat
as Girl on Sinking Boat
as Mail Boy
Critic Reviews for Message in a Bottle
The climactic events are shameless, contrived, and wildly out of tune with the rest of the story. To saddle Costner, Penn and Newman with such goofy melodrama is like hiring Fred Astaire and strapping a tractor on his back.
Costner has a free pass to be as lazy as he can possibly be, and the result is one of the most smugly alienating romantic lead performances that I can quickly call to mind.
If only Costner could be cast out to sea like a bottle.
Audience Reviews for Message in a Bottle
You know that movie where a famous doctor/cannibal/serial killer cuts open a victim's skull, cuts away some brain matter w/out killing the guy, fries it up in a hot skillet, and then feeds it again to the victim ("that's good," said the poor schmuck)? Well here at last is the cinematic equivalent to that experience.
Cast: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, Paul Newman, Robbie Coltrane, John Savage, Illeana Douglas Director: Luis Mandoki Summary: Newspaper researcher Theresa Osborne (Robin Wright Penn) finds a letter in a bottle penned by grieving shipbuilder Garret Blake (Kevin Costner), who writes to ease the pain of his wife's death. But when Osborne tracks Blake down, their growing attraction is endangered by their pasts. Based on Nicholas Sparks's best-selling novel, director Luis Mandoki's romantic drama explores the possibility of love amid heartache. My Thoughts: "Another film based on a Nicholas Sparks book. I'm not familiar with his books. Never read one, but I have seen quite a few of the films based on his novels. I don't know if this is a spoiler or not so you may want to skip this sentence or a few more of them; but is every relationship in his books doomed? Every film I have seen of his, the relationships are going great and then BAM! The love interest is dead. Quite depressing way to write. Build up such a great love story to just end it in despair. The man is obsess with killing off all the 'better halves' of these poor people. Besides that, I thought the film was a good little sappy romance flick. I could have done without all the horrible love songs. The acting was good, and I loved Paul Newman as the no BS father. Kevin Costner redeemed himself in my eyes from the horrible film I recently saw him in. He does much better in these types of roles. Those of you who enjoyed the book, or who like romance films will enjoy this one as well."
I really enjoyed this but in my opinion I liked the book a lot better then the movie.
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