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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Notebook (2005)

Ryan Gosling is probably the best actor of his generation- The Believer, Half Nelson, Lars and the real girl, Stay and Blue Valentine. Seriously, what a brilliant character actor! There was no way I wasn’t going to check out The Notebook.

The Notebook opens with a senile woman looking out of a window with a dazed expression in her eyes. The window of a nursing home that keeps the place alive by allowing old men to read out to old women. One old man reads out to an old woman a love story between a Noah and an Allie. If you want to know anything about the story, you’ll have to watch the film. Wait a minute. Did I just say that? No, don’t watch the film. It’s a dreamy, sugary chick flick that is so down and out that even the luminous performances of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams don’t elevate it. Despite the characters being shallow caricatures, the actors manage to breathe life into them. I don’t know you and I don’t know what you do but whatever it is, Nick Cassavetes’ The Notebook is a big waste of your time.

Rating – 4/10

7 comments:

  1. Nice review, i'll take your advice on this one :)

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  2. I actually thought this was a very good film. But, I see where you are coming from. I would probably rate it 6-7/10. The performances were brilliant, and I thought the direction was alright. and the story worked. But, you make good points. Great review!

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  3. Very nice review..
    I had a downloaded copy but hadn't gotten around to seeing it..the premise didn't seem appealing enough.

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  4. its a cheap popcorn flick which plays to frontside audiences for corny sentimentality.....agreed with u to the T.

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  5. Agree, this film is just too soppy.

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