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The Notebook

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If Mills&Boon made movies, this epoch-jumping romance would be right up its street.

James Garner plays a crinkly old senior who reads a supposedly fictional love story from his notebook to mothballed Gena Rowlands in the vague hope it'll cure her Alzheimer's. Said notebook contains the story of the pair's star-crossed love affair during the '40s.

Slipping on the rose-tinted nostalgia specs, director Nick Cassavetes (John Q) takes us on a trip back to the age of Glenn Miller, Roosevelt and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams playing the young couple who come from opposite sides of the tracks. Overly sugared it may be, but at least Cassavetes wraps some good-looking chocolate-box packaging around the soft centre, producing a bland-but-inoffensive matinée picture. It also comes with a twist ending... That's blindingly obvious from 10 minutes in.

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    • Alice

      Mar 20th 2009, 19:44

      5

      One of my favourite films. Not sure why Total Film have given it such a bad review because it is really beautifully made. I am not usually a romance fan but The Notebook is a real gem.

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    • adamp

      Dec 28th 2009, 16:03

      5

      I’m sorry anyone who rates two stars needs their head examined or their heart melting. I just watch this for the first time, and I do not usually look for other reviews but I felt in this case I needed to. It hasn't gained any good reviews officially but computer users looking on sites have commented and given it 5 stars with a 90% majority. I think this kind of stats is more like. The acting is brilliant direction is brilliant, yes the story in essence isn’t unique but I feel it’s the encompassing piece of a love story of the undying kind. The ending of the story is the hardest thing to write and there can be no such a better ending to what is in this film. How they do not die out of love, through the woman’s dementia, but in love together. Perfect.

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