Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowlands, and James Garner
Directed by: Nick Castleofcorvettes
The Notebook may just be the most romantic movie of our
generation. It makes Titanic look like a Harlequin novel...not
really but it's certainly more grounded - pardon the pun. The
Notebook is an incredibly touching, remarkably raw, rare film
about true love - and the power of that love.
McAdams and Ryan Gosling are electric and Gena Rowlands and James
Garner will have you snort crying with their touching twilight-of-life
goes...Duke (James Garner) is a resident volunteer in the local
retirement home. He reads to a woman (Gena Rowlands), each day
from a romantic notebook filled with a tale of lasting love. The
woman is in the grips of Alzheimer's and this is a, let's say,
kind of therapy for her. For him, it's what makes his day worth
morning he starts to tell her the long-ago-tale of star-crossed
lovers, Noah and Allie. It keeps her mind from dissipating completely
and helps Duke go on.
who by now is familiar with the tale, tells her how Noah was a
simple, goodhearted young man, from a small town, who loved poetry
and the sounds and nuances of life - a romantic. He meets a summer-love
named Allie who is not so simple...
from the other end of the world, where people drink with pinkies
perched and cover their mouths when they giggle - or fart. Stopping
to smell the McCartney roses would be something "the help"
would perform after brunch in the parlor as a midday entertainment...
her debutante veneer was an artist hankering to be free. Noah
was just the boy-man to help her discover fireflies and quickened
the two fall madly deeply in love...and not just lust. But Allie's
parents decide Noah aint no good. He's downright common folk.
So, the two are ripped from each other's hearts.
pouts but listens to her parents wishes, and Noah becomes a man
haunted by what might have been.
then one-day, several years, and buckets of tears later, fate
comes knocking yet again (thank god or I for one woulda been inconsolable).
The two get a second chance. But as is oft the case in life, their
moment is a tad less-than Pepperidge Farm cutesy. Sure they remember,
but can they rekindle? Oh, and Allie's now engaged, about to be
wed, to a society bred manly-man named Lon (James Marsden).
the drama unfold.
of drama, this handsome manlyberry schnitzeltort Ryan
Gosling is like a friggin' Marquee de Sade of Thespians. He
loves to take these any-guy mega-souled characters that rip into
your emotions and pummel your heart with their stern honor and
otherworldly spirits, till you're begging for mercy - praying
he'll relent - and let his character grab a Playstation, smack
a puppy, or do something "stupid guy"-ish. Ryan is,
by far, our greatest working actor. Disagree? Get your own review.
Others? Discover this force.
McAdams is impeccable. What a beautiful young lady to boot. It's
really her film, and Gosling as charismatic as he is, allows her
her glory. This young actor's range is quite impressive. Rach
has been in quite a few "large" films in her short career
- always lurking in the shadows - this oughta change that faux
Gena Rowlands and James Garner - two riveting talents - share
a bit of the darker side of aging, as they help narrate this touching
Nick Cassavettes (son of Gena Rowlands and infamous director John)
has repeatedly shown his DNA mixture has created, not a spoiled
Malibu-bred nepotistic dingleberry but, a sensitive director who
can create action packed mentally rich shoot-'em-up man-films
and swing back to polish emotional jewels, with deep caverns,
evenly and with a sense of acute sensitivity. Enjoy.
recommendation: Crab and beer