Wednesday, August 24, 2005
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The movie starts with an old man reading to an old woman a story from a notebook. The story is about two young lovers, Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams, who fell in love over the course of a summer. They were an unlikely couple, as Allie was rich and Noah was poor. They were brutally torn apart by Allie’s parents, who disapproved of the relationship. The two of them thought that the other didn’t love them anymore. After several years, they find each other again and ...
I’m a hopeless romantic. This is exactly the kind of movie that I love to watch. It’s so sappy. Ryan and Rachel had the most amazing chemistry, it was electrifying. I’ve got crushes on both of them now.
Even so, the romance between the young Noah and Allie is rather predictable. You know that they’re going to end up with each other in the end. What really got to me was the romance between the older Noah (James Garner) and the older Allie (Gena Rowlands). For the old man is Noah, and the old woman is Allie, although the old woman doesn’t realize this. She had senile dementia and the older Noah had to read their story every day to her to get her to remember. The love story didn’t end with the younger Allie running back to the younger Noah - it went on for over 50 years, and I loved this. I started tearing up when the older Allie finally remembered and the older Noah went up and showered her with kisses. By the end of the movie I was bawling. And afterwards I was totally ready to watch it again.
Did this movie have a happy ending? Even though I ended up crying, I think it is a happy ending.
The other actors, including Joan Allen, James Marsden and Sam Shepard were well cast. The scenery in the movie, set in South Carolina, was breathtaking. The score, composed by Aaron Zigman, is amazing and really adds to the movie.
The only thing I thought was a bit off was the difference between Ryan Gosling and James Garner. They don’t look alike and they don’t have the same accent. It’s a bit of a stretch to believe that one is the older version of the other. I did like both of their performances, but I did think it was a strange casting.
One last thing. I don’t see Ryan Gosling doing a movie like this in the near future. And to that I say - DAMN!