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In my short but rich cinematographic experience, I have seen several movies that revolve around our fate and purpose in this world. But I still find it quite unusual for a romantic drama to deal with such higher philosophical notions, especially at such an approachable and comprehensible human level. A few days ago, after fastening my seatbelt and switching on vacation and plane mode, I let my heart melt at a seemingly ordinary, light sweetheart movie, or rather, that was my initial expectation.
For one and a half hours Dawson and Amanda's love carried me away as a typical modern Romeo and Juliet adaptation unfolding before my eyes. The theme dealt with the plausible question of what would actually happen today, if the couple from Shakespeare's masterpiece jumped out of the shabby manuscript and met once more as mature grown-ups with families, responsibilities, children and real problems of their own.
The main characters in the movie "The Best of Me" are thrown into a series of coincidences or - as they are tempted to believe - a greater design of the universe. As my eyes caught a glimpse of Dawson reading Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow's scientific quest for "The Grand Design", it dawned to me that this would be grander than a mandane romance.
In the movie the stars have a prominent role as makers or indicators of fate and the lives of the protagonists entwine under rare circumstances. The title, which reflects the very essence of the movie, is a beautiful play of words. The best of him goes on literally beating in her son's chest and it figuratively keeps on breathing new life into her hopes for the future. All these strangely interconnected facts finally coincide to make it clear to now 38-year-old Amanda that she should remember the determined, bright, free-spirited young woman she used to be and, above all, that life is hers to seize and control.
In my short but rich experience in life, I have come to realize that our destiny is not written in the stars. It rather lies in our own clenched fists. It is a matter of our personal determination and decision. And even if there is something that pulls the strings, it is merely there to remind us to believe in ourselves and take matters into our own hands. Following the heart is not always such a bad idea as it never lies. Whenever doubt blurs our judgement, intuition might be our best guide. Dr. Hawking, I can't prove that a design doesn't exist, but faith in our capacities makes it unnecessary.
Marianna Lagakou - Van Zandweghe