“The Notebook” (2004)


“The Notebook” directed by Nick Cassavetes is one of the most iconic romance movies of all time. Since its release two decades ago, it has become a cultural staple in the realm of love films. The movie is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, following a classic love story involving two young people from different social classes who fall in love through the obstacles they face along the way. There are multiple reasons why this movie is still watched to this day. The first reason is the acting and performances of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Rumor has it that the two actors didn’t get along off-screen. However, that could’ve fooled anyone with one watch of the movie. The two are electric on-screen together with chemistry going through the roof. While watching this couple go through its trials and tribulations, you can’t help but to root for them in their corner the entire time. Another large reason for the film’s success is its direction and cinematography. The setting is chosen perfectly as the hues of soft, warm lighting give a comforting mood to the audience. The location only adds to the ambiance of the romantic film with natural beauty being the key factor. However, the themes of fate, love, and sacrifice are what make the film so iconic in my opinion. While they may be a bit cliché, the story showing how true love can require sacrifice and how fate plays a role in bringing people together is universal. They’re little themes that are so simple yet so satisfying to watch on screen.

I give “The Notebook” an 8/10.