- Actors: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Joan Allen
- Directors: Nick Cassavetes
- Writers: Jan Sardi, Jeremy Leven, Nicholas Sparks
- Producers: Avram 'Butch' Kaplan, Lynn Harris, Mark Johnson, Toby Emmerich
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Eiv
- DVD Release Date: 7 Feb. 2005
- Run Time: 124 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,102 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0006GVKGG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Notebook [DVD]
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Sweeping romance directed by Nick Cassavetes, set in a small coastal town in the American South - partly in the 1940s, and partly in the present day. In the present day scenes, an elderly man (James Garner) reads from a faded notebook to an old woman (Gena Rowlands) whom he regularly visits at her nursing home. As he reads, a passionate love story unfolds about a young couple - Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton (played in flashback scenes by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) - whose fledgling love affair was abruptly ended by circumstances and the sudden outbreak of World War 2. But although fate drives the young couple apart, they continue to be haunted by memories of their affair, and when Noah returns from the war seven years later, he realises that he cannot forget the promises they made to one other - despite the fact that Allie is engaged to be married to another man.
When you consider that old-fashioned tearjerkers are an endangered species in Hollywood, a movie like The Notebook can be embraced without apology. Yes, it's syrupy sweet and clogged with clichés, and one can only marvel at the irony of Nick Cassavetes directing a weeper that his late father John--whose own films were devoid of saccharine sentiment--would have sneered at. Still, this touchingly impassioned and great-looking adaptation of the popular Nicholas Sparks novel has much to recommend, including appealing young costars (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) and appealing old costars (James Garner and Gena Rowlands, the director's mother) playing the same loving couple in (respectively) early 1940s and present-day North Carolina. He was poor, she was rich, and you can guess the rest; decades later, he's unabashedly devoted, and she's drifting into the memory-loss of senile dementia. How their love endured is the story preserved in the titular notebook that he reads to her in their twilight years. The movie's open to ridicule, but as a delicate tearjerker it works just fine. Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember were also based on Sparks novels, suggesting a triple-feature that hopeless romantics will cherish. --Jeff Shannon
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The first thing I can say is that the only similarity with Titanic is the fact that Allie and Noah are separated by class difference and therefore face her family's opposition to their love. Apart from that, we are before a very real story, with real characters without Titanic's predictability. It's not a Hollywood blockbuster and that is part of its charm. The plot really captures you and does not let you go until the very final scene, one of the most beautiful endings I remember in recent years.
All the actors are in superb form, especially Ryan Gosling (of whom I've been a fan since Murder by Numbers). They keep it real and make you bond with every single one of the characters at some particular stage. In the end, one really feels for Allie, who must decide between her two loves, both of them very likeable, unlike the duel between Leo di Caprio and Billy Zane in Cameron's movie. Titanic got the Oscar glory, The Notebook gets my praise.
This fantastic, touching love story has a twist that left me in tears more than once. The whole cast is so convincing and Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams compliment eachother as actors in the very best way. This is definitely in a different league to any other rom-com i have seen before.
A tender love between two young people, torn apart by people who just do not appreciate these feelings entwines into a deep and life-long love in which Allie and Noah embark upon.
You will not regret seeing this film, it is definite must. My new favourite film.
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.
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This film had its moments but, after having read the book, I noticed how there was so much missing. This film certainly does enhance the book, so I recommend both: the film and the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Saarah N