The Notebook (2004)

There have been some memorable romantic couples throughout film history. The big screen has given us some iconic kisses, proposals, and love scenes. Some of the biggest names have played characters who fall in love and live happily ever after. No matter where you look and what you think, there is no denying that The Notebook is one of film history’s greatest love stories. 

Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) share one of the grandest romances ever written. From their forbidden romance to epic break up to sharing their final moments together, Noah and Allie gave us hope that true love exists, that love can last a lifetime. 

The Notebook stands with the industry’s most memorable films because of its beauty, not with just scenery but with characters too. Whether it is the breathtaking landscapes or the old fashioned southern setting, the surroundings are more than just the backdrop; they are a major prop in telling the story. 

Back in the old days, before cell phones, social media, and everything else we’ve come to know these days. Noah wrote Allie’s letters every day for a year. Back then, that was how someone expressed interest in someone else. It mattered to Allie’s parents, who she married, and Noah never measured up. The pressure to carry on the family name and secure its future was the only thing that mattered. Falling in love with someone was never an option, which is why Noah and Allie fought to be together. 

In my opinion, people were far more judgmental back then than they are today. You could offer someone the world, but if you were deemed poor, you never had a shot with the snotty rich folk’s daughter. Even when you return home as a war hero, if you were judged initially, nothing could ever change their original perception of you. 

I’m a firm believer that if it was meant to be, it would be. Noah and Allie were meant for each other, yet you will have to suffer through two hours of roadblocks to see them end up together. You’ll laugh, cry, and watch your heartbreak several times over as we watch two young people defy the odds and end up happily ever after. 

No matter what Nicholas Sparks did before or after The Notebook, this story may be his best piece of work that he ever does. 9/10


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