The Notebook is the story of a boy from the poor side of the tracks who predictably falls for a beautiful, rich girl. What is not so predictable is how far hell go to prove they were meant to be together.
Rachel McAdams stars as sheltered Southern Belle, Allie Hamilton. Allie pays a visit to Seabrook, North Carolina to see her family and while there, Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) works his 'small-town boy' charms on her. Despite disparate backgrounds, the two find theyve got a lot in common, including a zest for life - and their need to drive each other crazy. Over the span of a hot North Carolina summer, Allie and Noah fall passionately in love.
But all doesnt go smoothly for the mismatched pair of lovebirds. Allies mom puts the kibosh on their relationship, sending Allie off to school and out of Noahs reach. Still Noah persists until finally, seven long years later, Allie returns to Seabrook and must choose between her rich, handsome fiancée (James Marsden) and her first love, the equally handsome but not-so-wealthy, Noah.
The filmmakers got it right when they chose Gosling, McAdams, Marsden, James Garner and Gena Rowlands. Each of these actors is pitch-perfect. Each brings a freshness to these characters. Even though weve seen the same types of characters before, these actors makes them feel interesting and unique.
The Notebook is a gentle romantic tale in the midst of blockbuster action films and goofball comedies. It could be argued that releasing it in mid-June is counter-programming at its best, giving adults who dont want their senses assailed by CGI special effects a real choice at the box office. But you have to wonder if The Notebook would have stood a better chance of finding the right audience had it been released later in the year, when moviegoers are really ready for more intense storytelling, than during the crowded summer months.
The Notebook isnt just a film for women. Its a movie for anyone who wants to get lost in a beautiful story, for anyone who believes romance is still alive on film.
"The Notebook" was directed by Nick Cassavetes and is rated PG-13 for some sexuality.
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