‘I watched The Notebook for the first time – not even Ryan Gosling can save it’

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    Let’s get this straight: I’m a sucker for a rom-com – but one so-called iconic film that I never got round to watch was The Notebook.

    Maybe it’s the fact it’s set in the 40s (me and movies set back in the day don’t go well together) or maybe I’m one of the 1% that doesn’t fall head-over-heels for Ryan Gosling. Either way, for some reason the film never appealed to me.

    Throughout the years, people have raved about this flick like it was some groundbreaking piece of cinema. When in reality, it’s merely two conventionally good-looking white characters fannying about, not knowing if they should really be together. (The Secret Life Of Pets had more of an impact on me to be perfectly honest…)

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    Still, with Rachel McAdams celebrating her birthday on Friday (November 16) I decided to give the movie that grossed over £100 million and bagged countless awards, a go. And let’s just say I was very much disappointed.

    The movie, released in 2004, opens with two old people in the present day. And spoiler alert, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that this is the future version of main characters Allie and Noah.

    We first meet the pair in the 1940s in the summer they fall in love *yawn*. And straight away, Noah (Ryan Gosling) falls head over heels for Allie (Rachel McAdams).

    Despite Allie saying no, many times, to going out with him, Noah is persistent, to say the least. Then while Allie is on a date with another man, Noah ends up climbing the ferris wheel she’s on. He plonks himself between her and her date and threatens he will jump off and kill himself.

    She obviously agrees, because you know, who wants the death of some guy you barely know on your conscience? But even when Allie agrees to a date, Noah acts smug and says “Wow, calm down, we’ll go out.” Honestly Allie? Get the hell out of there.

    Fast forward a few scenes, and Allie, now engaged and preparing to marry a hunky army soldier, has struck up a saucy affair with Noah. (It’s giving EastEnders vibes…) Of course, Allie is torn between her two beaus.

    As for why the movie is called The Notebook, well it turns out Noah writes to Allie every day for a year. But her conniving, and albeit clever, mother intercepted and kept the letters hidden away.

    Allie ends up choosing Noah (because if she hadn’t, what would have been the point of this movie?) and they live happily ever after. Well, sort of.

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    Despite all the mushy gushy seeping from the screen, I was surprised to find the film takes a rather sad turn at the end. It’s revealed that the now-old Allie has dementia and is in a nursing home, along with Noah.

    In the final scene, Noah sneaks into her bedroom in the middle of the night and the couple falls asleep holding hands. But the following morning, the pair are revealed to have passed away, while still holding hands.

    Call it a cringe-fest, or watch it with the tissues ready, either way, I was pretty happy they were dead – because this meant two things: the movie was finally over and there would *never* be a sequel.

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