The Notebook: As if Reading from a Notebook
People often refer to the movie The Notebook as a sappy, predictable chick flick that plays with your emotions, making you spill a few tears here and there. Even though I’ve seen this movie a million times, everytime I enjoy watching the story of two young lovers who can’t find a way to be together due to their social backgrounds. It’s a heartbreaking and achingly real love story that will keep you hooked from the beginning leaving you gasping for more. The movie starts off with an elderly man reading from a notebook to an old woman in a nursing home who is rapidly losing her memory. He reads to her the story of a young man named Noah and a girl named Allie. They met at a town carnival and quickly fell deep in love. Both of them come from completely different worlds, yet they believe that nothing can tear them apart. “It was an improbable romance. He was a country boy. She was from the city. She had the world at her feet, while he didn't have two dimes to rub together” (The Notebook 2004). A summer fling said not to last, but the characters challenge that. Despite all the obstacles that stand in their way, they manage to find a way back to each other. The not so-predictable ending concludes with the man reading the story, which is actually Noah retelling Allie their life story, as her Alzheimer’s disease has made her forget. One strength of the movie is the chemistry between the actors Rachel McAdams (Allie) and Ryan Gosling (Noah). The connection between them just seemed so real that we could feel the love between them bringing the characters to life. Together they make a pitch-perfect duo bringing a unique feel to the film. The chemistry between the two actors is inexplicably flawless. They manage to convey their love through actions rather than words. The emotions that the actor Rachel McAdams (Allie) shows in the film seem so real that we can almost feel her heartache and love for Ryan Gosling’s character Noah....
Cited: The Notebook. Dir. Nick Cassavetes. Perf. Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner. New Line Cinema, 2004. DVD
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