Message In A Bottle (1999)

LUIS MANDOKI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1999.  Bel Air Entertainment, DiNovi Pictures, Tig Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Poetic cinematography and an unapologetically hammy romantic feel will go over extremely well with those in the mood for melodrama.  is excellent as a single woman who discovers a bottle on the beach with a letter inside. After much extensive research she traces the bottle back to a seashore-abiding widowed artist of sorts (Kevin Costner) and they fall rapturously in love. Unfortunately, his past is a problem (isn’t it always) and she must help him confront his demons about his wife’s passing and his relationship with her family since her death. The great acting and the direction by Luis Mandoki (who is perfectly suited to this kind of material) keep the film from ever feeling like a Harlequin romance novel, but in the end it doesn’t add up to much more than that.

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