Behind every great love is a great story.
Adapted from Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel, and directed by Nick Cassavetes (the son of legendary director John Cassavettes).
A sweeping love story told by a man reading from his faded notebook (James Garner) to a woman in a nursing home (Gena Rowlands - real-life mother of Nick Cassavetes). 'The Notebook' follows the lives of two North Carolina teens from very different worlds (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams). Though her upbringing takes place in an antebellum mansion, and he grew up in the kind of house where musicians strum on the porch, that doesn't stop Noah and Allie from spending one incredible summer together, before they are separated, first by her parents and then by WWII.
After the war is over, everything is different. Allie is engaged to a successful businessman, and Noah lives alone with his 200-year-old house that he lovingly restores. But, when Allie reads a newspaper article about Noah's handiwork. She knows that she's got to find him, and make a decision once and for all about the path her life - and her love - must take...
Beautiful, romantic genious
I've heard so much about this movie that i just had to buy it. I'm not a huge romantic movie fan, although there have certainly been some superb romantic movies in the past; noticeably 'Titanic' and "Love Actually". 'The Notebook' is undoubtedly a romantic classic- this movie is simply fantastic.
Beautiful both in it's story of how a couple fall in love but are torn apart by the parents' differences in class. Beautiful in it's simplistic nature (I love the scene where they lay on the road watching the traffic lights change); there's no special effects and no action scenes, just a wonderful story, brilliantly acted and directed.
The cast are not hugely renown actors; there's no big money spent on casting, although I did recognise the old lady from 'The Skjeleton Key' which is also a good movie (totally different genre though) and she also acts very well there.
I recognise the young Allie from a few movies, although I couldn't give you her name, yet she plays her part very well as does Noah.
There's a beautiful end to this fantastic love story and it's just so touching. Don't be surprised if you shed a tear at the end; The Notebook is very memorable indeed.
Even if you don't like romantic movies, there is a place in your heart and in your DVD collection for this movie. If love stories are your thing, then they don't come much better than this. I loved it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
I love romantic films and if you need a good cry then this if the film for you!
It centres around James Garners character reading a story from a notebook to another patient in a nursing home. The story he reads is about a couple who meet one summer in the 1940's and fall in love. Her parents ban her from seeing him as he's not good enough for her but they meet up again years later and the old feelings are still there.
A great film!!
Review notes on The Notebook
Despite being a straight guy who would much rather watch a good action movie than a romantic film - I Really Liked This.
The acting was good, well scripted and the characters were very believable and i connected instantly with them.
After 10 minutes of watching i was hooked, pushing the girlfriend off me and telling her to "Shhh" so i could watch - complete role reversal there ;)
The film was funny in places as well as sad/romantic which was good and kept the mood up- else i would have ended up miserable after watching it. In my opinion a film that is memorable for making you feel low and depressed after watching it, is equivalent to eating a lemon in viewing terms. Any 2 bit director can make a film that ladles on the standard depressing junk in story form until your viewers break and lose their will to live.
Thankfully the notebook was not like this, and the mood was a roller coaster of both joyful and sad moments. This contrast enhances each of these emotions throughout the film, making it more poignant.
I haven't cried at a film since i watched Bambi when i was 6 - but this came quite close here, i felt it in my stomach when a tender moment between the two main characters was suddenly ripped away. And also at the very end - if slightly cliche.
The reason i didn't rate this as "Excellent" is because i found the plot very linear and predictable, but somehow that didn't seem to matter that much since it was so well executed.
From my perspective the whole boy girl formula of
Girl- "Im rich, and you're poor, but lets be together!"
Boy- "Ooo but society wont like it ... and neither will your rich parents."
Girl- "I dont care!" *passionate kiss*
Que: Characters walk hand in hand into the sunset and have perfect lives together after overcoming social class obstacles [... until one of them loses their mind in old age]
Is entirely cliche and overdone to the extent of being funny. I would pay twice as much for a film with some variation where there is a rich boy and poor girl perhaps? (Shock, horror!) Or where the rich girl turns to the boy "Heck no! I wont date you, you have a face like a turnip and you smell like a pig!" Then slaps a restraining order on her new poor stalker.
Any variation would be nice.
The ending was also very predictable, but i don't think there was any intention to disguise this, essentially the sad ending was the only real outcome to the romance.
It was done with alot of cinematic effect and artistic licence to the point of being a bit corny and unbelievable. I think that was the only thing that kept me from crying.
However when watching this film you tend to overlook and ignore the cliche or corny parts and just get involved in the drama, which is surely a sign of a great piece of screen entertainment.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
This was really slow to start with, but by the end of it I was really into the story and thought it was lovely. Even my husband enjoyed it. I'm not a James Garner fan, but he held it together beautifully.
The story is based around an old man in a nursing home, reading a love story to another of the patients there. The story of the love of two young people from different social backgrounds is acted out, stopping at cliffhanger points and returning to the nursing home. At first I found this frustrating, but it interweaves with the storyline better as you go through the film. The two young lovers are pressurised taking different paths and so the film develops, flitting between the two scenes and couples. Have a tissue ready!