Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel star in Safe Haven (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment), which follows the story of a woman who made drastic changes in an effort to start over. Safe Haven is based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). Hough plays Katie, a woman moves to Southport, North Carolina and sparks the interest of the locals, especially Alex (Josh Duhamel), a handsome widower. Part of Katie’s healing process involves moving into a small house and remodeling it. Painting her new home provides her with much needed joy and catharsis, as well as a place to call her own.
The 411 by Maria:
I just finished wiping my tears and the tightness in my throat has finally subsided. While I have never read Safe Haven, I find myself longing to dive into the book now that I have seen this beautiful movie.
Julianne is great as Katie/Erin a woman who is running from something. She finds herself in sun filled, North Caroline and she decides this is the place for a fresh new start.
Alex played by Josh is a widower of two, a boy and girl who runs a convenience store down on the docks.
As fate would have it these two beautiful people gravitate toward each other and make nice before Katie/Erin's past threatens to end what they have before it has even begun.
This sweet story has so many loveable characters Julianne definitely holds her own as a female lead and who doesn't love Josh? But there were other great characters too, especially the two young actors playing Josh's family. Mimi Kirkland as Lexie Wheatley in her acting debut is simply adorable and Noah Lomax as Josh Wheatley are very sweet. I also love Roger, Red West who has an acting bio a mile long and absolutely loved Katie's only friend Jo played by Cobie Smulders.
Ohhhhh yeah and I absolutely was in loving with the coloring of the movie. Very poetic, thought provoking and muted. A perfect palate.
Truly a lovely movie with a little mystery, a little drama, a tiny bit of comedy, romance, and a whole lot of heart.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.