I needed this movie in a million ways. It's been a rough few months for me and Netflix read my soul. It has been 10 years or so since I watched this. I loved it then and I love it equally now.
The film follows Holly who is a new widow. Her husband died young and now she is left alone. She has her friends and family...but it is not the same. And then one day she is given a cake, a voice recording, and a letter from her dead husband telling her he is going to help her on the journey of her new life without him. He's written her a few letters to give to her at certain points on her healing and her journey.
GET THE TISSUE READY! *blows nose* This made me sob 10 years ago and it made me sob now. It has happy tears and sad tears. So many feels in this film. And it is funny. Not bust out a lung laughing...but lots of chuckles.
Now...I will get this out of the way. I do not care for Hilary Swank. I don't. However, I adored her in this. Her performance is amazing and I connect with this character on so many notes. I'm not sure what I would do if BF died so young. Ugh. My heart.
I loved the entire cast. I'm not a fan of Daniel though. I get why his character was added and yadda yadda yadda, but he annoys me SO much. Useless especially with that hottie in Ireland. ;) I might be biased since he played in Supernatural. But what is a little bias?
Grief is a funny thing and it is not an easy journey. And this film really shows the ups and downs. It had its cheesy moments but it never felt fake or unreal. I think what I truly love about this film is that everyone who has had a big loss can relate to this film. Be it a spouse, child, friend, family member, etc.
The ending made me cry but in a happy way. I do want more. I don't want to ask for a sequel because I know it will be crapy. But I do wish that they would've given more of a closure for Holly. She didn't complete her list of things that Gerry wanted her to do. There is one last item and I want to see that completed. Sobs.
Overall, this is a great movie that makes you feel feelings. I'm so glad it came back to my life when I needed it. Thank you, Netflix! I am going to watch it again I think. Get it all out of my system before Netflix takes it away. I'm gonna give this 5 stars. How can I give it anything else??