There used to be numerous newspaper cartoons about stranded castaways on tiny islands tossing bottles containing messages into the ocean. The movie is about a man and a lady who imagine in nice real love. The man believes it is behind him; the lady hopes it’s ahead of her. One in every of their ideals in life is “to be somebody’s true north.” Right away we know they’re in hassle. You don’t just discover true love. You group up with any person, and construct it from the bottom up. But “Message in a Bottle” believes within the form of love where the romantic music comes first, trembling and sweeping beneath each scene, and the dialogue is treated just like the lyrics.

But the place, oh the place, did they get the movie’s ending? Is it in the authentic novel, “message in a bottle song remake in a Bottle,” by Nicholas Sparks ? Don’t know. Have not learn it. The climactic occasions are shameless, contrived, and wildly out of tune with the remainder 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.