Random Movie Review


Title - The Notebook

Why - I was going to go see a movie with T and this one happened to be playing at a convenient time and looked interesting, so we saw it. I know I said I wasn't going to review new movies, but I actually went to the movies and I wanted to share that with all of you. 

Previews - We got there late so I'm not sure how many previews there were total. I saw the end of one for some cartoon movie about a train. Polar Express I think, and one for the second Princess Diaries movie. Kind of strange previews for a movie lots of kids probably wouldn't be seeing, but maybe they were trying to woo the parents.

Music - The whole thing takes place in the 40's so there was some cool old school music, most notable 'their song' Old Familiar Places I think it's called.

General - This movie is a story about a man who is older and lives in a nursing home who reads a great love story to a woman who suffers from dementia and lives in the same nursing home. As he reads it to her the story is seen happening. Kind of like how they did the Princess Bride (except during the entire movie, no one says 'My name is Amigo Montoya you killed my father prepare to die'). Both parts blend well together and the older guy is played by James Garner who's just great.

I don't want to give too much away, although I'm sure the commercials already did that. Boy meets girl. Girl's parents hate boy. Boy loses girl. Boy finds girl again but she's engaged. Even though that seems formulaic, it's actually a pretty good movie. I'm a sucker for that sentimental crap. I admit I even got teary eyed once or twice. If you don't like sentimental stuff this isn't the movie for you.

The one problem with this movie is that it's what I call an I'm with Walter movie. You can go into it being as crazy as can be over your date, but you will inevitably leave feeling a bit like your love is lacking. It's not you, it's just the Hollywood idea that true love exists and every love should be this huge thing. I should know, I've spent half my life searching for that. It may be partially responsible for my drama queen tendencies. I wonder if there's someone I can sue?

Best Line - Well that's what we do, we fight... You tell me when I am being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you are a pain in the ass. Which you are, 99% of the time. I'm not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a 2 second rebound, then you do the next pain-in-the-ass thing.

2nd Best Line - Summer romances end for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They're shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they're gone.

Random Personal Note -  The term an 'I'm with Walter movie', comes from when my then-boyfriend and I saw Sleepless in Seattle. As we walked out of the theater I looked at him and thought I'm with Walter. For those of you who didn't ever see Sleepless, Walter is the boring guy Meg Ryan ditches to go out with Tom Hanks.

2nd Random Personal Note - I've never really had a 'summer romance' which is sad because movies always make them look so cool. 


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