Safe Haven is the best Nicholas Sparks film since 2004’s The Notebook, which reminds me that, yes, romances can be engaging, and yes, they can still surprise us. This one’s being billed as a romance and a thriller, and while the latter element is much weaker than the former, it holds resonance when the film delivers a few twists in the end that truly work. This is an earnest, sincere film. There’s something about seeing people falling in love on screen that gets me every time. At least, when it’s told effectively and given proper characterizations. Here’s a nice film that does just that.
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