A movie that reminds us what true love is all about


The Notebook

"I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote to you every day for a year...

  it wasn't over, it still isn't over!"

This movie “The Notebook” is based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks.

Director Nick Cassavetes depicts the subject so wonderfully, that while watching the movie we get the feeling of turning the pages of the novel. The notebook is such a gentle movie that it has all the flavors that a perfect romantic – tragic movie needs. You fall in love with characters, as they remind you what true love is.

(Spoiler Alert)

This is a story of two teenagers during the 1940s. They fall in love, almost love at first sight. Noah and Allie are from different social statuses, the boy is a laborer, a woodworker, and a girl who was raised in a rich family. Allies’ parents think that Noah is not a suitable match for her and she should not see him anymore. The next day Allie wakes up to find that her world has completely changed. Summer is over and they decide to go home, Allie's parents leave Seabrook and take Allie with them separating Noah and Allie to end their summer romance.

Noah is desperate. He writes letters to Allie that he still loves her and if she writes back, he would come to meet her wherever she was. He writes one letter a day for a year, in all 365 letters, but they all go unanswered.

Finally, after years of silence, he decides to put it all behind him and start a new life. Therefore, he writes a farewell letter and heads to Atlanta. Noah joins the Army and is deployed to Patton’s Third Army in Europe. Allie is in her third year of Collage, later she volunteers as a Nurse’s aid where she meets Lon who is injured with multiple fractures, and while being treated, he gets a promise from Allie to see her again.

Allie’s mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver any of the letters to her daughter.

Before separation, Noah had promised Allie that he will build her dream house. Allie had wanted a white house with a blue shutter and a room overlooking the river so she could paint. She had wanted a big porch that wraps around the entire house where they can watch the sun go down.

Accordingly, Noah builds the beautiful dream house (though it is impossible to build single-handedly by a carpenter)   By the time, Allie meets a man named Lon whom she had met in the hospital, her parents also love him as he is rich, Lon asks her to marry him. she is in a dilemma, as Noah’s face comes to her mind. Still, she agrees to marry Lon.

She sees a picture of Noah with her dream house in the newspaper. She always wanted to come and see if Noah was ok, so she rushes to meet him.

Passionate love is still alive in their minds. But Allie has to choose between her first love Noah or Lon.

My favorite scene in the movie is an incredibly beautiful lake sequence with Swans. Noah and Allie are in a boat in the backwaters. Noah is rowing the boat, white Swans are swimming around and following the boat. Sunlight falling on their face, enhancing the beauty of the scene. It was a stunning and picturesque moment accompanied by soft music which adds aesthetic sense in the scene.

A few years later Allie is diagnosed with dementia, a degenerative disease, even if she tried she would never remember the past. Therefore she decides to write down the story of Noah and her past in the notebook before she forgets everything. That notebook was all about how they meet each other, how they departed, and how they get back together.

Years passed, old lady Allie (Gena Rowlands) is in the hospital she has forgotten her past. One nurse is taking her care. One gentleman, Duck (James Garner) walks the hospital every day to read her the notebook. He is none other than old Noah, hoping that hearing this story would awaken her memory. He keeps trying and succeeds in making her remember the past for just five minutes, but still, it is a big achievement for him. She says I don’t know why, but it makes me feel sad. I remember now it was us, Allie and Noah.

Old Allie and Noah are in the hospital when she gets her memory back momentarily, sleeping on one bed in each other’s arms forever.

Rachel McAdams (Allie Hamilton) and Ryan Gosling( Noah Calhoun) chemistry between these two stars was amazing.

James Garner (Duke) and Gena Rowlands (Allie Calhoun)  are best in supporting roles and have given wonderful performances. The cinematography and location are superb. The music was also brilliant.

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Stars: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowlands, and James Garner

This movie has 12 Wins and 10 Nominations for Awards

This is an amazing movie which you will love to watch.

The interesting thing is that there is a Bollywood version of “The NoteBook”. The title of the movie is “Zindagi Tere Naam” which is a complete  copy of  "The NoteBook”, its dialogs, scenes to scene everything is shamelessly copied. There is absolutely nothing to hold you to your seats, instead, you wait for the end credits to roll. Young boys had the opportunity to show their acting skills but there was zero chemistry between them,  ultimately all of them have disappointed, except some seniors like Mithun Chakravarti, yesteryear actress Ranjeeta, Dalip Tahil, and Sharat Saxena did their best.


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