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The Notebook
James Garner, Gina Rowlands, Joan Allen, Ryan Gosling, ,
Genre: Romance/Drama
In Theaters: Jun 25th 2004

Review By:
Bruce Bluett

NYU, Tisch Class of 2007

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The Notebook

Review by: Bruce Bluett

Amongst the basic needs for human survival, the need for intimacy is not often thought as one of the essentials. Yet few things can be as filling, quenching, or sheltering as the touch and companionship provided by another. We can only hope that the deep twilight of our days will be accompanied by someone who embodies all of our basic needs, and dreams. Maybe in a perfect world, we will be just as essential to them. One thing is for certain, our world is many things and one thing it isn’t is perfect. As the sun rises and sets on our ever ticking clocks, new tests and turmoil’s arise to question what it is we really need. However, each time we pass through the fire, our devotion and love strengthen the bond we have for that special someone…linking the souls together until life’s bittersweet last breath.

The point of the previous paragraph was to demonstrate to you the feel and purpose of the film The Notebook. When you start to read the paragraph, the first thing that comes to mind is the intense amount of sap you’re choking on. However, as you progress, you begin to consider the words a little more closely. Perhaps you can even come to identify with and admire the writing. By the end, you’ve been lifted to such a fairytale and idealistic place that you’ve lost all sense of logic and reason. I’ll be honest with myself, my writing may not be as good as I make I out to be, but hopefully you get the point.

The Notebook is based off of the bestselling book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. Sparks’ other writings that have been adapted to film include A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle. So, they may not be Pulitzer Prize wining books or Oscar quality movies, but nonetheless, most people can appreciate them for the tearjerkers that they are.

The Notebook begins with a sweeping view of a tranquil lake at sunset. By the lake is a picturesque home overlooking the water and all the natural wonders that lay there. We see a woman (Gena Rowlands) standing by the window with a distant look on her face as a knock thuds on the door. In comes a man who is introduced as “Duke”(James Garner). He has come to read her a story, as is usual in their routine together. He cracks open the spine of the well kept book and begins. He tells the tale of poor young southern

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