Week One Blog

Title: The Notebook

Writer: Nicholas Sparks

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Year: 2004

Actors: Ryan Gosling , Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Bruce Williamson, Barbara Weetman, Gena Rowlands

Story: The Notebook is a 2004 romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes, based on the romance novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love during the early 1940s. Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man played by James Garner, telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident, played by Gena Rowlands.

Plot: In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story for an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring. But Allie’s parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they travel to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again and Lon, who is wealthy and handsome, proposes. Meanwhile Noah buys and restores the old house and many people want to buy it. When Allie accidentally sees the photo of Noah and his house in a newspaper, she feels divided between her first love and her commitment with Lon. Meanwhile Duke stops reading to the old lady since his children are visiting him in the nursing home.

Chronology: This movie was told in chronological order. The way this movie is a tear jerker because the whole point of the movie was Noah reading Allie the story of their love in hopes that she would find her way back to him by remembering everything they went through over the years in their lives. So the ending finished with the two of them in bed and they ended up passing away together holding hands. So in reality like Noah wanted the story he read to Allie the whole time did indeed bring her back to him and when she finally could remember that is when there love reconnected once and for all.

The chronological story shows that it helped the main character by showing that Noah never wanted to give up on Noah and that no matter where Allie was she would always be apart of him and this movie shows that.

How did this aesthetic choice contribute to the general effect on the audience? well i think that if the movie had been told differently the ending to the movie would not have been significant like it was and does not give you that guessing feeling at the end that makes you wonder what would have happened or will there be a second movie. So i like the whole chronological feeling to this movie and i think the setup of it was perfect in every way.



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