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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Forever Alone February continues with ‘Dear John’

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 to continue on the love movie train and talk about an popular movie that is pretty much a staple of everyone library. Literally because it was a book before it was an actual movie. Let’s talk about a Nicholas Sparks movie. You can’t have a month of love movies without a Nicholas Sparks movie.

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“Dear John” was released in January of 2014. It was the 4th Nicholas Sparks novel to be turned into a film. As of February 2019, there have been 11 Nicholas Sparks novels turned into movies. “Dear John” was directed by Lasse Hallström. He’s the Swedish mind behind all the video for a little Swedish pop group named ABBA. He also directed “Safe Haven,” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” and “The Cider House Rules.” The movie stars Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike” and “Step it Up”) and Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia!” and “Mean Girls”).

The movie follows two people in starting in 2001. Staff Sergeant John Tyree (Tatum) returns home on leave and meets college student Savannah Curtis (Seyfried) and have a two week whirlwind of romance. Once they return to real life, they take their love to letters as they have a long distance relationship through their letters.

I have some thought on this movie. Having only seen one other Nicholas Sparks movie and that is “The Last Song.” My knowledge of these movies is limited. I can see why people truly love “Dear John.” It’s a romantic movie. But like, they all can’t be this bad. To a certain extent, the movie itself has its merits. Channing and Amanda did an amazing job with what they were given. They were the best part of the entire movie. They did well together and you can tell that they really tried to make it work.

The story is good but there’s nothing really to it. The entire movie just comes off as really generic. It was rather boring because I just couldn’t get into the story. The characters should have been just called John Doe and Jane Moe. Like there wasn’t anything there to make you want to connect with the characters. When there was, it was towards the end of the moving and that’s only because someone died and all the emotion, what little there was, came to the surface. The worst part of the entire movie is the ending. I’m not going to spoil it because the title already does that but like this isn’t how romance movies are supposed to end. The entire movie just felt like a letdown. The movie is perfect if you are looking to hook up with someone and don’t care about the plot.

The production on the movie wasn’t bad. Some of the details were good but then other times they were not so good. Like I really didn’t know that this movie started in 2001. It wasn’t until they had 9/11 take place that it truly felt like it was in that time frame.

Let’s Review Channing Tatum

It’s the time in the review where I review Channing Tatum. I’ll be reviewing him on his hotness and his performance in the movie. Let’s get one thing straight. Channing Tatum could be a playing a corpse and it would be a hot corpse. But on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being good, I’d probably rate him a 7. His character is super attractive but like, it would be more attractive if there was more to him. As I said, it’s just generic character. It’s like dating someone for the looks and then once you break up that you get to see a little bit more of a personality. I wish there was just more to the character.

Verdict

“Dear John” isn’t the movie that I would recommend to watch unless you are looking for a movie to hook up during. It’s just too generic and doesn’t really make you feel any sort of emotion until about the end of the movie. Even then, that feeling is angry because the ending sucks. It’s anti-climatic and feels like a major let down.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Get ready to fall in love with ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’

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 the month of love and it’s only fair that we talk about some of the most iconic romantic movies. So I thought it was only fitting to go with the most iconic Netflix original movie there is right now. So let’s talk about “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” I was going to do “Sarah Burgess is a Loser” but I have some thoughts and tea to spill on that movie.

It’s not like in the movies. It’s real.

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” is based on the book written by Jenny Han. The movie was directed by Susan Johnson and released exclusively through Netflix in August of 2018. It starred Lana Condor (“Deadly Class” and “X-Men: Apocolypse”) as Laura Jean and Noah Centineo (“The Fosters” and “Sarah Burgess is a Loser”) as Peter. Those are pretty much the two to remember throughout this movie.

Meet Peter and Laura Jean

The movie follows Laura Jean, your typical teenage girl with a secret stash of letters that she wrote to five boys that she had crushes on at a point in her life. One day, the letters get out to those boys and her left gets turned upside down. She starts a fake relationship with one of the boys that got a letter, Noah, in order to get his ex-girlfriend off of him and Laura Jean’s sister’s ex-boyfriend for admitting his feelings for her. The two set up ground rules but quickly must come to terms with the repercussions that have spawned from their deal.

I really enjoyed this movie. The acting in it was extremely good, especially for actors that don’t really have a lot of things under their acting belts. Lana and Noah just had this chemistry about them. They were absolutely adorable together and just the perfect on-screen couple. It was like they were meant to be in these rolls.

The main flaw of the movie is that it spent too much time on certain plot points and then just totally skips over certain points that you want to see more of. It does tell an extremely good story but it would have been nice to have a little more info on certain things.

It’s time to rate Noah Centineo

So I thought it was only fitting that we need to rate Noah Centineo and how he came off in this movie….also how hot he was. I’ll be rating him on a scale between 1 to 10. 10 is for Peter Kavinsky and 1 is paper bag blowing in the wind. I’m just going to assume you haven’t figured out what I’m going to rate him in this movie.

Noah gets a perfect 10 in this movie. Like he’s literally perfection. Not just basing it on looks and that hot tub scene, just the way he portrays Peter just makes him seem like the nicest unrealistic boy in the world. You literally have no choice but to love him. You think he’s going to come across as a total asshole but then he doesn’t. He just comes off as someone who actually cares and is invested into the feelings of others. This role is why Noah Centineo was called “the internet’s boyfriend.” I’m okay with this and you should too after watching this movie. In fact, Netflix made a Yule Log of Noah in the hot tub. Click here to watch it. It’s rather calming and soothing. You’re Welcome.

Verdict

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” is an extraordinary movie. While I wish it would have dived more into some background things, I really enjoyed this movie. The main characters were likable and had such amazing chemistry. The acting was extremely well done and just made you really get into the movie. I recommend checking this movie out on Netflix because it is definitely worth it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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