There was plenty of newspaper cartoons about stranded castaways on tiny islands tossing bottles containing messages into the sea. The film is a couple of man and a girl who imagine in nice true love. The person believes it’s behind him; the girl hopes it’s forward of her. One of their ideals in life is “to be someone’s true north.” Immediately we all know they’re in trouble. You do not just discover true love. You staff up with somebody, and construct it from the bottom up. However “Message in a Bottle” believes in the type of love the place the romantic music comes first, trembling and sweeping under each scene, and the dialogue is handled like the lyrics.
But the place, oh where, did they get the movie’s ending? Is it in the unique novel, “message in a bottle gift for her in a Bottle,” by Nicholas Sparks ? Do not know. Have not learn it. 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 again.