The Notebook - Movie Review

The Notebook

The Notebook - Movie Review

If you are in the mood for a romantic movie that pulls at your heartstrings, then The Notebook is the movie for you. Starting Ryan Gosling as the young dashing Noah Colhoun, a lumber mill worker who was born on the wrong side of the track.

He meets a beautiful 17-year-old heiress called, Allie, played by Rachel McAdams at a summer carnival and he falls in love with her at first sight. 

By the end of the break, Allie’s parents’ comments about Noah’s social status tear them apart and her parents decide to move back to make sure the relationship doesn’t get anywhere. Noah, still in love with Allie, sends her a letter every day for an entire year, her mother, however, hid them from her. When he received nothing in return, he stopped writing. 

As time goes by, both of them go on with their lives, volunteering in the army and as a nurse in World War II.

At this point, you realize that the timeline is divided into two different time frames; a post the war timeline, and the present time where an older Noah, played by James Garner, was reading from a notebook about his true love to an elderly woman, played by Gena Rowlands, who has dementia and can’t remember anything about her past life.

Even though the poor-boy-rich-girl story has been done a million times before, there is an air of irresistible attraction between the two actors that makes the movie standout. 

Their acting is spontaneous, and you genuinely want them to end up together. Despite some unneeded clichés in the plot, it’s a good movie to watch with your partner.

Starring:  Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, Sam Shepard, Joan Allen.

Credits: directed by Nick Cassavetes, screenplay by Jeremy Leven, based on The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, released by Gran Via

Rating: R, for profanity and sexual situations 

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