The Notebook

The Notebook, 2004 film starring  Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling.  Ladies…and some men, you will need a box of tissues with this one!

A poor young man meets and fall in love with a rich young lady.  Both of their social backgrounds eventually split the couple.  The women, Allie (McAdams) parents do not approve and take her away to New York.  The young man Noah (Gosling) can’t let her go, he writes a letter to her every day for a year but Allie’s mother intercepts them and hides them from her.  Years pass and Noah buys an old house and restores it.  When Allie accidentally sees the photo of Noah and his house in a newspaper, she feels divided between her first love and her commitment with her current love.  All this happens as and elderly man reads the story to an elderly woman in a nursing home.

I have seen this film now a few times and must admit I get chocked up at the end.  The first time I saw it I had no idea it was coming.  The writers of this one certainly played on our emotions.  The acting by McAdams was good and I thought that Gosling did an amazing job.  I have certainly been critical of him before but this one I give him a thumbs up.   Rowlands was great of course and so was the late great Garner.  I will definitely get teased a bit but I enjoyed this love story and was very moved by the ending.  This is a film that shows what real love is like and I think we all could use a reminder time and again.  Ladies, if you want to have a good snuggle film with your significant other then start with this one, awesome watch!