|See what I mean?|
I woke up and fell asleep sporadically throughout the two hour love story and was intelligent enough to pick up the story (which isn't something to brag about). Out of the kindness of my heart I am warning any readers that there are spoilers ahead, but really this movie has been out for almost a decade, I shouldn't be spoiling anything for anyone who actually cares.
An old man (James Garner) reads a story to an Alzheimer's patient (Gena Rowlands) about Noah (Ryan Gossling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) in the 1940s. When Noah first sees Allie at a carnival of some kind he immediately asks her out on a date, even though she is currently on a date with another young man. She declines. So, Noah does the most romantic thing he can think of: stalk her the entire night and threaten to kill himself if she doesn't agree.
|Not romantic. Creepy.|
Noah gets sent off to war, Allie goes to college, and they both live their own lives. Allie even falls in love with a new man (played by James "Cyclops" Marsden), a rich lawyer who pursues her in a much more normal way than Noah did. He proposes, she says yes, and everyone is happy.
Except Noah, who went to find Allie and saw her eating dinner in a restaurant with her soon to be husband. Noah gets depressed and buys the old house in which he and Allie had sex all those years ago (not romantic, creepy) and decides to fix it up. This transforms him from a whiny kid into a whiny man with a beard.
|He kind of looks homeless.|
Her visit turns into a rekindling of their relationship from when they were younger. Girls may think this is really cute because they are finally back together. It's not. It's terrible. Noah was dating some random girl at the time and Allie was perfectly happy and engaged.
Allie and Noah get in a huge fight and she leaves. Upon returning to her fiancé she fesses up to cheating on him and apologizes. And he is a nice enough guy to forgive her and tell her how much he loves her. So what does she do? She decides she loves Noah and goes running back to him.
Now that the story of Ryan Gossling and Rachel McAdams is over, it is clear that the Alzheimer's patient is an elderly Allie and the man reading the story is an elderly Noah. He is so completely dedicated to her that he reads her the story of their lives hoping that she remembers. She does remember things and the two die in their sleep together holding hands.
|This part is actually sad.|
Did I like The Notebook? Not really. I felt it dragged on so much longer than it should have and I didn't like Ryan Gossling's character at all. He wasn't romantic, he was creepy. However, I do have a heart and the end with old Noah and old Allie honestly was really saddening. Noah seems to have gotten better at being romantic as he got older. I can see why girls are so obsessed with this movie even though it makes them cry every time they watch it. Old Noah loved old Allie so much that he gave up on pretty much everything else in his life to keep her comfortable and to get her to remember their lives together. It's sweet, touching, and a fine example of how a man should care for his wife.
Ladies, go watch The Notebook if you haven't seen it already. Chances are that you will love it. Guys, don't watch this movie by yourself ... that's weird. It's definitely a movie you should only watch if a girl makes you, but it is okay to enjoy it a little bit.