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Title: The Notebook
Screenwriter: Jan Sardi and Jeremy Leven
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Release Date: June 25, 2004
Running Time: 124
Synopsis: A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.
While I was reading The Notebook, I constantly thought about the 1 Corinthians Love is verses because it seemed that Nicholas Sparks was trying to embody that poem through Noah and Allie’s relationship. Unfortunately, that sweet and tender love did not translate to the silver screen. The movie did what they usually do with so many of these “boy meets girl” stories. They amplified the antagonism of the opposites attract and the rich girl/poor boy narrative. Instead of the sensitive old soul of the Noah we followed in the book, we are treated with the braggadocious smart aleck who seems to have mastered advanced negging at the school of pick up artistry. Then, the movie tries to sell us on the “passionate” love between Noah and Allie by trying to convince us that constant fighting and making up and Allie hitting Noah in the face during fights is what true love makes. I would never proclaim to be an expert when it comes to love, but this not what love makes. And this is not the story that I was sold while reading the book.
We are supposed to see two teenagers who once shared a magical summer together fall in love again as adults and realize they are soulmates. Not only is this movie not romantic, but it does a terrible job of selling the actual Noah and Allie love from the novel.
The Final Grade
Burnt Popcorn: The book was a boring love story, and in the effort to spice it up, the movie got it wrong.
So…do you prefer this movie version of Noah and Allie? Are you looking for your own Noah or Allie? Are you the Noah or the Allie of your relationship? Let us know in the comments! |RL