The cover of the notebook compares the movie with Titanic. In my opinion, this film is far superior.
I have never watched a film before that has stayed with me so powerfully: Nicholas Sparks' intensely passionate and beautiful story, combined with the high calibre acting from a spot-on cast and a stunningly shot and wonderfully soundtracked picture create a genuinely heart-warming and moving film that I defy anyone to discredit.
The cast are fantastic: Rachel McAdams gives a truly brilliant performance as vivacious and tempestuous Allie, and Ryan Gosling is the perfect counter to his leading lady- quietly charming in his dedication to and certainty in his love for Allie. The tangeability of the emotion and magnetism between the two lead charactes convey their relationship's sense of destiny within the story.
Even when, in old age, their relationship is tested by Allie's increasing mental infirmity, Noah refuses to leave her or to stop perservering in his faith that he can help her come back to him, challenging the cynical idea of human limitation by proving the mysterious and bitter-sweetly immense power of love.
When we watched the film together, I thought my boyfriend would hate it, it being a romantic story (synonymous with 'chick-flick'!), but even he enjoyed it. Or at least he pretended to. People often remark that 'they don't make films like they used to'- and in a way, I can understand that, but this film wipes the floor with anything I've seen in the last ten years, and is both more intelligent, subtle and compelling than Titanic- 5 stars.