Posted by Elithraniel Arawion on Monday, November 19, 2007
Well, here goes my very first movie review. This is a movie based on Nicholas Sparks' Novel 'The Notebook'. There comes only once when a movie really makes u 'feel' what it wants you to. there are so many movies that perhaps make you cry, smile, feel its not worth a watch. But which movie truly makes you feel what the movie wants you to. Though its a love story through and through, even ones who are not in love may feel a pinch at the heart at certain scenes.
The movie revolves around Noah and Allie. Noah is a country boy and Allie is the daughter of a rich business man spending her summer vacation at the country. And predictably, both fall in love. The movie begins with a man (James Garner), an older Noah, introducing him self "I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who's ever lived: I've loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough." This dialogue stirs a kind of curiosity in you that makes you wonder what he's learnt from love. He is at a oldage home, where his wife, Allie, a patient of Alziemer's is also present. He reads to her from a diary that Allie wrote about their lives, in a hope to make her remember who he is... And so the story unfolds....
Its a simple boy meets girl story... up until her parents not accepting the summer romance and they deciding to break up. Right before that they go up to a rundown house, which Noah (Ryan Gosling) wishes to own someday. Allie (Rachel Mc.Adams) tells him how she likes it built and he promises her that he'll build it the same way.
After they break up, Noah writes to Allie everyday for a year but the letters are hidden by Allie's mom. Noah joins the army and Allie becomes a war nurse. There she meets another handsome, rich soldier, who she falls in love with. Noah returns home from the war to find that his dad had sold their house to buy the rundown mansion that Noah wished to own. Shortly, his father dies. Noah goes to the city on work and finds Allie with the soldier. He then builds the mansion like a mad man, in the hope that Allie will come back to him..l
The day he finishes his work, a newspaper carries his photo along wit the house and allie sees it just as she's about to try on her wedding dress... and faints...
Its here that the story takes a turn from the normal... Allie goes to see the place and they spend two days together.... and the climax unfolds...
Allie asks him y he hasn't kept in touch for 7 years and he replies "I wrote you everyday for a year. I wrote you 365 letters" where they realise what has happened and share a passionate night leaving her confused....
The story goes on... and has a seemingly tragic end. But it is the most appropriate one for that movie. Like i said, only once in your life will a movie affect you so much that you'll begin to relate to it every moment of your life. And 'The Notebook' is on a simple summer romance that became one of the best romantic movie in a while.
For those who enjoyed 'Eric Seghal''s 'Love Story' and for those who have loved, this movie will carve a niche in their hearts. As for the rest, the on screen chemistry and the pure genuineness of certain scenes and emotions will capture their heart and make them want to see the movie again and again.
On a scale of 10, though i wish i could rate it 25, i would give it a full 10, for costumes, characterisation, romance, chemistry are up to the tee.
Notable aspects of the movie:
1. The beginning of their romance, when Noah teaches Allie to take life easily.
2. Following scenes where their romance blooms, James Garner saying "I could never agree with each other, infact they fought all the time. But there was one thing they had in common, they were crazy about each other"
3. The part where Noah build the mansion
4. Noah takes Allie on his boat to a beautiful place
5. The part where Allie asks him why he never kept in touch (their kiss in that scene won the best kiss award!)
6. The final scene (shh!! its for you to see)
'The Notebook' - Heart Churner