The New Life DVD is loaded with bonus material, including deleted scenes, audio commentary with Director Drew Waters and Erin Bethea, a 5-part look “Behind the Scenes” and two featurettes, “Ava’s Journey” and “About New Life.”
When I saw the trailer for New Life, I was very intrigued. The claim that it was one of the most romantic films of the year seemed promising. I'm always up for a romantic story.
However, the narrative romance from the beginning of the film was very slow for me. The plot seemed to drag a bit, and the glossed over relationship just didn't click for me. Typical couple living long distance, having conflict, but I just didn't FEEL the romance.
The plot became more interesting after they married as they began to deal with some very serious aspects of married life. I don't usually give spoiler alerts, but the topics are pretty heavy. I had a hard time watching it honestly because I have had a miscarriage myself and dealt with loved ones who have battled serious illness. These scenes are emotional and difficult to watch if you've dealt with them, so I feel it's necessary to tell you.
In all honesty, this movie felt more like a couple's pre-marital counseling video at times. I didn't have that deep emotional connection to the couple from the beginning and come out of the movie feeling like my heart was ripped out. (That's what you want to feel when you see a truly amazing romantic film) There was just that special something you can't quite put your finger on that was lacking.
New Life has some very emotionally charged moments and deals with some very difficult, very real and emotional topics. I understand the spirit behind it and how precious time with your loved ones is. And you may need some tissues during those scenes. But the style and flow of the movie just didn't seem to get where it needed to be. If you're looking for something along the lines of the heart-strings tugging The Notebook, you may be disappointed.