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The Notebook (2004)

  Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Written by: Jeremy Leven, Jan Sardi, Nicholas Sparks
Starring: James Garner, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands
Links: The Notebook on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy the Book
Genre: Romance

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating)
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"Nothing new to see here" - a review by pearly

The Notebook is a love story told to an elderly and ailing woman (Gena Rowlands) by an elderly man (James Garner). The story is of a beautiful young woman named Allie (Rachel McAdams), who comes from a well-off family, and is spending her summer in a small town. It is here that she meets Noah (Ryan Gosling), a young larrikin who is smitten with her the moment he lays eyes on her. Allie is not so sure - she finds him obnoxious, and initially puts him off, but in time she grows to like him, and they have a bit of a summer romance.

The Notebook is a fairly straight down the line romance, there aren't any particularly new ideas here, and you know what's going to happen in the first few minutes. It's nicely done though, looking quite slick with fifties styling for the flashback story of the young lovers. There's some nice work done by the four lead actors, particularly Garner as the old man.

I'm not the kind of person who thinks that films should be a maximum of two hours in length, I actually love when a great film goes for longer, as it feels like more value for money. However, and I've been saying this a lot recently (perhaps I'm just becoming a grizzled old reviewer), The Notebook could have done with a bit of an edit. For what it is, it drags on just a little too long, and begins to bore by its end.

If a carefree and heartwarming story which doesn't make you think too hard is what you're after, then by all means, give The Notebook a go, but don't expect anything too spectacular.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 9 Nov 2004

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Reader comments

  1. heyy its me crystal lol I just want to say this movie is amazing it reminds me of me and my love i would give it a def two thumbs up!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from crystal on Thu 26 May 2005 01:16 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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