“She made me who I am and holding her in my arms was more natural to me than my own heartbeat” –says Noah at one instance in one epic saga of love, that we can never forget. Yes, The Notebook — based on the novel of the same name by the king of romance himself — Nicholas Sparks.
Released way back in 2004, this tear-jerker of a movie has all the ingredients of dreamy, everlasting love. Of course, it is a sob-fest; it explores the idea of one finding one’s soulmate, and it makes us cry — a lot! Whether you admit it or not, you have definitely fantasized about falling in love once, like this, when someone sweeps you off your feet. And this is not the only reason The Notebook is so beautiful. It has two more elements — the teen heartthrob (Did I say, only teen? Never mind) Ryan Gosling and the queen of romantic flicks – Rachel McAdams. Both of them make such a starstruck couple — making us almost believe that their wins and losses, emotions and heartbreaks are, in fact, true. Such is the chemistry. So today, let’s take a step back in time and relive this wonderful movie. And wait; don’t forget to keep your tissues handy. This is going to be a tear-filled ride down your memory lane.
What is The Notebook all about?
The Notebook tells us a beautiful yet sad tale of love by means of a series of flashbacks. The opening scene of the movie begins with an old man, holding a worn-out notebook, and reading a romantic story to a fellow patient in a nursing home.
The story takes us back to the 1940s in Seabrook Island, South Carolina when young country boy Noah — working in a quarry — sees the wealthy and young Allie for the first time at a carnival. She has come to spend the summer with her family — the extremely rich Hamiltons — and is also the heiress to their inheritance. And as you can guess already, Noah immediately falls for her. In the beginning, she repeatedly rejects his advances but then the pair are brought together by their close friends. What begins is a fast, torrid, and intense love affair. Noah — one week before Allie has to leave — takes her to an old, abandoned house, The Windsor Plantation, which he plans to buy for them. Allie looks around the house and makes Noah promise that the house will be white, with blue shutters, a walk-around porch, and a room that overlooks the creek so she can paint. Then they eventually try to make out for the first time. But they are interrupted by Noah’s friend Fin who informs that Allie’s parents have sent the police looking for her.
The next scene takes us to the duo rushing to Allie’s lavish mansion, with her mother Anne getting furious with her daughter and forbidding the two from seeing each other again. Amidst the chaos, Noah walks out and Allie runs after him, trying to explain that they can somehow make it work. When Noah doesn’t agree, they have a huge argument and they break up, Allie immediately regrets her decision but Noah already drives off. The next day Allie finds her stuff being packed and rushes to inform Noah that they are going home to Charleston. She is unable to find him and hence informs Fin instead. She also asks Fin to tell Noah that she loves him. When Noah returns and gets the message, he rushes to the Hamilton mansion, only to find it empty.