Ah, The Notebook. The chick flick to end all chick flicks. The movie that launched Ryan Gosling’s career as a heartthrob. The movie that began what is going to be a long line of Rachel McAdams rom-coms. I consider myself a hopeless romantic and I have a pretty big weakness for classic romantic comedies — so why had I been avoiding The Notebook for so long? Okay, I’ll tell you why. It’s because I’m a snob! I’m a snobby snob! I took one look at the trailer and decided it looked cheesy and terrible. And yet, it seemed like every single girl I knew loved it. And so, in honor of Rachel McAdams’ 35th birthday today, I decided I would finally give in and watch The Notebook. And I was determined to give the movie a fair chance.
So here goes..
The movie opens with some nice CGI ducks and an old lady looking out a window. Then we are introduced to Noah (Ryan Gosling) a dirty, poor quarry worker, and Allie (Rachel McAdams) a fancy rich girl, who are at a super swell county fair. He sees her and decides she’s the most beautiful person he’s ever seen and immediately asks her to dance, since he assumes she’d be honored to kiss the ground he walks on. She says no, understandably, because he’s a cocky stranger. So, he stalks her and follows her on the ferris wheel, where he climbs on the moving car and hangs in the air right in front of her, threatening to let go if she doesn’t go on a date with him (kinda dark, no?), so of course she agrees. Let’s just stop for a moment and remember that Noah’s love for Allie so far is completely based on looks.