Forever Alone February ends with the classic ‘The Notebook’

It’s February and it’s a month of love. So every Friday in February, I’ll be watching and reviewing classic romantic movies throughout the month. So let’s celebrate love in honor of Valentine’s Day. Welcome to Forever Alone February. Didn’t expect that titled now did you?

It’s time for the last movie in our little Forever Alone movie club. I decided to end this movie club with what’s probably the popular romantic movie that has been made in the last 20 years. So let’s dive into the Nicholas Sparks movie that really put Nicholas Sparks movies on the map.

Click the titles for our past reviews:

“To All the Boys I Loved Before” |“Dear John”|“Brokeback Mountain

I think our love can do anything we want it to.

“The Notebook” was released in 2004. Directed by Nick Cassavetes (“My Sister’s Keeper”), the movie was based on the novel of the same name. It was the third Nicholas Spark novel to be turned into a movie. It starred Ryan Gosling (“La La Land” and “Blade Runner 2049”) and Rachel McAdams (“Mean Girls” and The Vow”). The movie itself wasn’t well-received by the critic but has gotten a cult following to it. It’s to the point that Freeform, formerly ABC Family, had their own extended version with deleted scenes added back in.

The movie follows the love story of Noah Calhoun (Ryan) and Allie Hamilton (Rachel). It’s set during the 1940s for all the flashbacks. Their love story is told in the form of an older gentleman reading the story to women in their nursing home in the present day. Allie comes from a rich, snobby family while Noah is a poor lower-middle-class worker. The two met one day at a carnival and ended up having a summer romance that Allie’s family doesn’t approve of. The movie follows the relationship from start to finish.

Honestly, this movie is overly hyped up. Sure, it’s not a bad movie but it’s not that great. The plot for the movie isn’t anything strong what so ever. The current time scenes weren’t as good as the flashbacks. The plot was just bland and kind of predictable. I mean, there’s only so many plots romantic dramas can do but this movie’s plot is not the best one. It does have those moments where you are like “aww that’s so cute,” but other than it. The plot is what holds back the film.

Rachel and Ryan’s chemistry for this was iffy in some points. Their acting though was the best in the entire movie. They portrayed their characters extremely well, especially with what they were given. The dialogue wasn’t anything to win an Oscar over. It was like the plot, just bland and predictable. With that being said, Rachel and Ryan’s characters are the only really likable characters in the entire movie. It could be because you become emotionally invested in them due to the acting. Or it could be with the fact that all the other characters kind of suck.

The one thing that pissed me off about this movie, was the ending. I’m not going to spoil it, but it was handled poorly. It literally just happened and faded into the credits. Like wtf? I thought there would be more to it than just that. Nope, it just ends.

The one thing that pissed me off about this movie, was the ending. I’m not going to spoil it, but it was handled poorly. It literally just happened and faded into the credits. Like wtf? I thought there would be more to it than just that. Nope, it just ends.

Let’s talk about Ryan Gosling

Gosling being a 1940s snack

I was going to also rate Ryan Gosling like I did Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, and the other hunks. Because why not rate hotties? As I was working how to rate him, I’ve come to realize that I’m on the fence with how to rate him and his character in this films. Sure, Ryan Gosling is extremely attractive in this film but his character is kind of a little bitch in the film. Like he’s an attractive little bitch but yet, annoying little bitch.

It’s what I like to call the “Little Bitch Factor,” that makes me question whether I would rate him a 6 out of 10 or an 8 out of 10. For this reason, I’m going to have to call it a draw because I’m confused.Confused about what makes Ryan Gosling unattractive and attractive in this movie. Ryan Gosling has lest me more confused about what I find attractive than anything else in this movie.

Verdict

“The Notebook” is a good movie but it’s not as good as what everything thinks it is. The overhype surround the movie is probably what hurts the movie the most. Ryan and Rachel’s acting is what makes a predictable and bland movie enjoyable. I do recommend watching this movie as it’s a classic. I do recommend watching the movie like Rachel McAdam’s is playing Regina George. It makes everything more enjoyable. It is so fetch. But this movie is one you need to watch.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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