Behind every great love is a great story.
An old man reads from a notebook to an old lady suffering from Alzheimer's. It is the story of a long and enduring love that began with the meeting of two teens just prior to the start of the Second World War.
I borrowed this movie from my friend, a year ago (which kinda makes us almost even since she had my DVD for 3 years!), and only just got around to watching it over the weekend. I vaguely remember seeing the trailers for it, and everyone I knew going crazy over it.
I liked how it skipped between the story of our lovers when they were young to the elderly man reading the story to the woman in the home. It felt like the perfect amount of transitioning between the two, as we popped into the future at exactly the right time to have you wondering what was going on in the past, and actually made you want to hurry up and keep reading the story so that you could get to the past again and find out what was happening with the lovers.
The only part that I didn't like was when he prepared a candle lit dinner (in the future), they danced, and she freaked out. I felt a bit disconnected, like it wasn't quite real, and was left waiting for it to continue on with the story.
It has a real heart warming ending, one that we could do more of today. This is one that I will be adding to our collection at some point.
The Notebook follows the story of two young lovers, who meet, fall in love, and predictably find that things go wrong. Set in WWII era we get a glimpse of young love as told by an older man to a fellow patient in a rest home in more modern times. The Notebook is a true love story, that quintessential romance that never fails to appeal to all those romantic.
But I'm not particularly romantic. The first time I saw this movie I felt positively jaded and suicidal. Which says something of the effect this movie can have. It has strength.
The second time I just adored the story, and the period setting. The fact that I saw The Notebook twice is indicative of how this story transcends the sappy and oftentimes unrealistic romances and makes you believe, if only for the duration of the movie, that real love does exist. Because the story is about real love and the sometimes winding and unpredictable path it takes. It's about forever and the depth that goes with the concept.
There's a quaintness to this story, and some very real moments. At times it does fall down, with typical storylines of romance, but eventually it picks itself back up and finds its unique path.
I would definitely recommend this movie to all those romantic, and I would urge the more jaded souls out there to give it a go. The Notebook has a way about it that makes it somehow worth it, even if you don't have a romantic bone in your body.
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