Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Movie Review: The Notebook

The Notebook

Director: Nick Casavetes
Stars: Allie Hamilton: Gena Rowlands
           Noah Calhoun: James Garner
           Young Allie: Rachel McAdams
           Young Noah: Ryan Gosling


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The movie started out with an elderly man (James Garner) reading a story written in a notebook to an elderly woman (Gena Rowlands) with dementia.

The story was about a two young couple, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling). The story dates back in 1940, set in Seabrook, South Carolina.

Allie Hamilton is a girl from a wealthy family and Noah Calhoun is just a boy who works in a lumber mill, obviously with different financial background. Over the summer, their romance blooms. Allie's mother is against their relationship because Noah isn't good enough for Allie. She thinks that Noah could get nowhere because of his financial status. Noah overhears this and they broke up. Anne, Allie's mother then decided to go back in Charleston, South Carolina even before the summer ended. Ally was devastated, went to Noah's work unfortunately he wasn't around when she came.

Noah was also devastated with this, decides to write her a letter everyday for a year then writes a last farewell letter when he didn't receive any reply from her. After a year, both of them moved on but was later reunited after 7 years.

Do you believe in true love? This is the perfect movie for believers of true love and soulmates. The movie was absolutely my all-time favorite love story ever. I could watch this over and over and still cry every time I watch this.

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams have incredible chemistry in this movie. I love them both as Noah and Allie.  This movie is perfect to watch with your significant other -  highly recommended, a must watch movie for those who wants to watch an excellent tearjerker.

About the book:

A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn't understand. Until he begins to read to her.  The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story of miracles that will stay with you forever. Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories. . . until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again. Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape. Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments, and fundamental changes that affect us all. Shining with a beauty that is rarely found in current literature, The Notebook establishes Nicholas Sparks as a classic storyteller with a unique insight into the only emotion that really matters." www.nicholassparks.com

Book vs Movie

1. In the book, it is set in North Carolina and in the movie, South Carolina
2. Set in 1946 for the book and 1940 for the movie
3. In the book, Allie's last name is Nelson and in the movie it's Hamilton
4. In the book, the time apart for Allie and Noah is 14 years while in the book was only 7 years
5. Noah and Allie died at the same time while in the book, Allie died and Noah lives. Noah is one of the main characters in The Wedding, a follow-up book of the Notebook.


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