Behind every great love is a great story.
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Written by: Nicholas Sparks (novel); Jan Sardi (adaptation); Jeremy Leven (screenplay)
Starring: Ryan Gosling; Rachel McAdams; James Garner; Gena Rowlands; James Marsden; Sam Shepard; Joan Allen
Primary Genres: Drama
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
An older man (James Garner) reads a story from a notebook to an older woman (Gena Rowlands) in a rest home, and as he reads, the story unfolds of a young woman (Rachel McAdams) and her wrong-side-of-the-tracks love (Ryan Gosling).
"The Notebook" is one of those great, romantic films - the kind of film worth watching while cuddling under a blanket with someone special.
The film isn't really the sort of thing that will be a contender for the major awards - it doesn't have the heft that one would expect from the Oscars, for example. But it boasts a solid cast, great writing, and a lovely score, and will leave you sad and happy all at the same time. A little Hollywood formulaic, perhaps, and totally predictable, but there's a reason Hollywood formulas are often so successful.
The film is beautiful and languorous - among the best cinematography of the year, not to mention one of the best original musical scores. And Rachel McAdams (already on my Best Female Villain list for "Mean Girls") will probably make my Intimate Actress list, and the cast is under consideration for both of the two Ensemble categories as well.
My Rating: 8
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