The Notebook

I finally got to rewatch a movie that I had been wanting to for a long time – The Notebook. I just missed a bit of the beginning but enjoyed the movie just the same. The Notebook is a romantic novel by Nicholas Sparks. The story opens in a present-day nursing home, where an elderly man reads a story to an elderly lady. Though her memory has faded, his words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared. The story is contained within a notebook that was written by a woman to her husband. The story is about young Noah Calhoun, a lumberyard worker, who is instantly smitten with seventeen-year-old Allie Hamilton, the daughter of a well-to-do Southern family who is spending the summer at their vacation home in 1940s North Carolina.

Allie’s parents disapprove of their relationship, and Noah and Allie are separated. However, Noah and Allie’s paths cross again seven years later, but by then, Allie is engaged to wealthy Lon Hammond. Noah is dating a neighbor named Martha Shaw. It is evident that they still have feelings for each other, and Allie has to choose between her fiancé and her first love. As the story in the book draws to a close the ill woman realises that the man reading the book is Noah, her husband, and that he is reading the notebook that she, Allie, maintained. But her illness proves too much for her to handle and her memory lapses again to her husband’s distraught. They both die together on a bed at the end of the film.

The film version was released June 25, 2004. It starred James Garner, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Marsden, and Gena Rowlands and was directed by Rowlands’ real-life son, Nick Cassavetes. The Notebook film adaptation became a “sleeper hit” in Summer 2004 and put Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling on the map in Hollywood as “up-and-comers.” Funnily enough, Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling have been linked together since the movie and are were supposed to be close to getting married at one point. Both Gosling & McAdams were born in the same hospital in their hometown of London, Ontario, Canada.

9 out of 10!

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