Young love, the sort that blossomed before the age of the hook-up, has always been one of the most difficult emotions to depict on film with any accuracy.
How can you explain the reality of a shared, secret paradise beyond smooches, sighs, and adoring glances?
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams burst through the barrier to portray high-strung, somewhat insane teens rushing headlong into first love in the most exemplary sequences of The Notebook, the cinematic version of Nicholas Sparks' treacherous best seller.
Playfulness is where passion begins.
Their performances are so natural and explosive that you soon sympathize with the irresponsible sweethearts, who symbolize an innocence that has all but departed from American adolescence.
And, against your better judgment, you root for the duo to outperform the odds.
"The Notebook" is a cinematic greeting card with strong tones. It demands pure, mystical, everlasting love till death do us part and will not accept anything less.
The narrative is a great story about a man's undying love for his wife, despite the fact that dementia has taken away her memories.
The plot revolves around Noah, an old man who reads aloud to the love of his life in the hopes of reviving her lost memories.
He is certain that his words will allow his wife, Allie, to revisit their rocky, young romance and the incredible love they experienced.
He spends day after day reading bits of his old journal to her while she merely regards him as a kind but perplexing stranger.
'The Notebook' switches between the same couple at two different points in their life.
We see them in the rush of adolescent love, and then we see them as older people.
She fades into the shadows of Alzheimer's, and he is resolute in his devotion.
Every day, he reads to her from a journal that recalls the account of how they met, fell in love, and overcame hurdles to their happiness.
The clouds separate occasions, he adds, and she remembers who he is and what the narrative is about, even if it's just for a few minutes.
Dementia is a dreadful disease that robs patients of their freedom by depriving them of their memories.
The nature of Allie's dementia is never specified in the film, although the majority of the audience is likely to identify with Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent type of dementia that progresses progressively over time.
In The Notebook, Allie has complete memory loss of her past. She can't identify her husband, children, or grandkids.
Allie's whole world has been wiped, and she is now living as a stranger among her loved ones.
While there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, there are ways for delaying progression, optimizing function, and preserving independence.
In the film, a nurse tries to remind Allie that she enjoys playing the piano and can recall a piece of music from memory.
Painting, which was previously pleasant for Allie, became nearly difficult after a time.
Allie's reality got increasingly illogical as time passed.
Throughout the film, it is clear that she struggles to construct coherent ideas and understand others around her.
As Allie's condition worsens, Noah remains hopeful that he might resurrect her memories, if only for a little while.
He continues to read his journal to Allie and asks her to a romantic supper planned by the staff.
Allie experiences a flash of insight during supper and recognizes Noah, but her recollection rapidly fades.
She feels puzzled, terrified, and irritated, and she starts shouting.
The crew enters and attempts to restrain Allie with an unknown medicine injection.
Noah is devastated by the tragedy, yet he never loses hope that his Allie will return to him.
The Notebook strives to remain controlled for a film that could easily have devolved into bathos.
Aaron Zigman's beautiful soundtrack drizzles merely a small coating of syrup over the ice cream as the camera caresses the lush Southern backdrop of blood-red sunsets and flocks of ducks.
The Notebook is a tale about an unwavering everlasting love that has a cult appeal. Furthermore, this film depicts the impact of dementia on both patients and caretakers.
This film presents its message through a love tale while highlighting more serious concerns connected to dementia in a more subtle manner.
It works as a romance, a period drama, and an examination of how love evolves and changes through time.
"The Notebook" is a cinematic greeting card with strong tones.
It demands pure, mystical, everlasting love till death do us part and will not accept anything less.
Author: Akash R. Ekka
Editor: Rachita Biswas