A tale of love at first sight, "The Notebook" is a story about finding a love that endures the test of time. Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) is no one special. He leads his life as best as he can, until one summer evening, Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) steps into his life. A simple courtship soon turns into a true summer love. Allie and Noah fight for their relationship as Allie's upper-class parents insist that Noah is not good enough for a girl of her status. Separated by meddling parents, the two live out their separate lives. Several years later, they meet again. Their passion is rekindled and soon, Allie is forced to choose between Noah and her new, upper-class fiancé (played by James Marsden).
Many years later, an older Noah (James Garner) shares this special and intimate story with his wife (Gena Rowland). Each day, he reads a portion of the notebook, where the stories of a younger Allie and Noah are captured on rippling pages.
Based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, "The Notebook" moves back and forth from past to present, as an aged couple revisits history and relives a romance that began during a summer so long ago.
A must-see for all the romantics of the world, the movie is a bittersweet mix of joy and heartbreak. A definite tear-jerker, this movie is for those who believe that true love CAN last despite years of separation.
The actors do an amazing job. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are realistic and believable as they deliver a powerful performance that moves with such great emotional force. The DVD also includes many deleted scenes; a definite essential for any romantic movie fan. There are many other enjoyable features such as screen tests, movie-documentaries, and commentaries (just to name a few).
A must-have for every romantic's movie-library, "The Notebook" is a movie that will never leave your heart and will leave you believing that true love CAN last a lifetime.