If you can believe it, it’s been ten years since The Notebook was adapted to the big screen. This movie essentially changed date movies and set a ridiculous high bar for guys to reach with their girlfriends. The movie is so popular amongst the female population that it even termed “Notebooked/Notebooking” someone. This, if you haven’t’ heard it, means getting someone who hasn’t seen the movie to watch the movie. More often then not, that person will end up falling in love with the movie.
What made this movie so popular is that it had a perfect cast in Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as Noah and Allie. Their chemistry electrified the scene that it engulfed the audiences into the movie. You were no longer watching a movie but watching two people fall in love and try and find a way to be together against all odds. Many couples saw themselves in that couple as they bickered a lot but were very passionate about each other.
Since this movie, Ryan Gosling has done a lot of indie films, focusing more on character driven roles, which earned him an Oscar nomination for his role in Half Nelson. He has stayed mainly in the drama world but he showed that he has some major comedic chops in Crazy, Stupid, Love in 2011. Him and Emma Stone stole that movie and it showed that Gosling can really do it all.
Rachel McAdams has found success as the love interest in many movies but has knocked out every single one. She got a lot of recognition in 2005’s Wedding Crashers and then had another great year in 2009 starring in both Sherlock Holmes and Time Traveler’s Wife. Each role that she takes on has more character and depth then the one before and really shows how amazing of an actress she is and how The Notebook was just the tip of the iceberg for her abilities.
The movie was adapted from a then relatively unknown author Nicholas Sparks as he looked to bring a third one of his books to the big screen (the first one being Message in a Bottle in 1999 and A Walk to Remember in 2002). This was the first book he ever released and is still considered one of the best books that he wrote. Since the release of this movie, five books have been adapted and two more are in the works to be adapted.
Not only was the author relatively unknown, but so was the director, Nick Cassavetes. He had mainly been an actor before only having directed one major film, John Q, before taking the helm of this movie. Since then, he has done three big movies (Alpha Dog, My Sister’s Keeper, and The Other Woman) and a bunch of acting roles.
What separates this movie from other love stories is that it’s the type of movie that all people could like. It didn’t discriminate. Both men and women of all ages could relate to this story in some way. If they didn’t see themselves in the story, they saw someone they knew. Whether it be their parents or their grandparents. It’s an ageless story and it’s easily one of those movies that people will be talking about years from now.
And of course what would any great movie be without some great parts. Below are the top five quotes that came from the movie and made us fall in love with the characters.
For those of you who need a refresher on the movie, below are the top five scenes that made you fall in love with the movie.