The Notebook

Directed by Nick Cassavetes

Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams

I read some reviews that paint The Notebook in a bad light, but I liked it. It was a touching film, well written, well acted and directed, and in my opinion the actors were perfectly cast for their parts.

The Notebook tells the tale of a summer love that stands the test of time. In a retirement home nestled along a picturesque southern river bank, an old gentleman, "Duke" (Garner), reads regularly to a charming elderly woman (Rowlands), who suffers memory loss and confusion due to dimentia. He reads to her from a book that tells the story of a young couple (Gosling, McAdams) who were drawn together during a summer of love in a small southern town. This love proves to hold strong even through separation and the impending marriage of the young lady to another man.

My wife and I actually cried at the end. Call me shallow, but The Notebook puts things into perspective for those in a relationship. It reminds us how important love is, how special life is, and how we need to make the most of things and focus on life and really living it, as I mention in some of my observations.

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a touching, dramatic movie about the power of love.

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