Rachel McAdams in The Notebook

Most of us would not want to watch a boring show like The Notebook; even I have to admit that the poster looked thoroughly unappealing.





No wait, that looks pretty sensual actually. But who the hell wants to watch a strictly romantic flick (not romantic comedy, mind you.)?

Wong the Lawyer had free tickets to watch a strictly no free tickets show, so we had a choice between The Notebook and Fahrenheit 9/11(What's the title anyway?), and we chose the former.

It is the absolute best romance movie I have watched.

Maybe I am biased, because I totally ADORE lead actress Rachel McAdams. I think she is the MOST (yes, most) pretty actress in Hollywood. Let's talk about her.








Her bigger debut came from The Hot Chick, where her character was acted out by Rob Schneider most of the time. Yet, both the actor's and actress' acting was so convincingly good, that we forgot they do NOT actually have each other's spirits inside their bodies!

In other words, Rachel's acting as Rob's character, a dirty old vagabond, was utterly convincing.

Rachel is not the blonde airhead she is in that show, clearly. In fact, she has been acting since she was 13.

I was already wondering to myself what a classic like her is doing acting only as second leads.

And then came Mean Girls, where she had to play second fiddle to stupid Lindsey Lohan, but at least she is still acting ...

Her big break finally came in The Notebook.

I'm not gonna have spoilers, I promise.

The movie starts of extremely boring, with an old man rowing a boat serenely across a river. Bah! They even had seagulls to complete the picture.

The story started to get better as a old man visits an old lady in the hospital, and started to read a story book to her, in an attempt to cheer her up. The story is ... ahh ... very beautiful.

Leads Allie (Rachel) and Noah (Ryan Gosling, quite cute too) meets in 1954, and falls in love in a incredible summer romance. Their adoration for each other is spectacular yet extremely realistic, for they too have their fights and arguments, but it's their strong love (they are crazy about each other) which carries them on. Their chemistry was reverbrating in the audience, and watching them with a placid smile on my face while Allie repeatedly runs to meet Noah, I knew I was about to sob later.

Unlike A Walk to Remember where stupid Mandy Moore dies of, predictably, cancer (orbi good) or Sweet November where that ugly curly haired girl also died (Ha!), the show brings out the romance without making the average single viewer feel irksome. Maybe it's simply coz for once, the lead is not an angmoh shu nu - all perfect and demure. YUCK. KILL MANDY MOORE!!! BLEAH! (I would say I like My Sassy Girl for the same reason. The female lead is not another normal girl.)

Both Noah and Allie are extremely likable.

For one, they do not let their relationship affect their friendships, which is important for me, as I feel that a relationship where the two lovers only have themselves is unrealistic. Their romantic scenes consists of times spent with both their mutual friends, with Noah's father, who is a funny old man, and also when they were alone.

Secondly, they are both good looking, of course.

Their love was so chaste that when they did have a sex scene, I did not want to see Rachel's boobs (a first I assure you), as that will symbolise a common carnal sexual attraction between them. They are not a common couple just wanting to fuck like rabbits! They want to make love, not just copulate!

The problem comes in here. Noah is a poor boy, and Allie comes from a well-to-do family. Predictable you say? Just hold on a little.

Allie's parents stop her, but unlike most movies where the bad guys are made thoroughly bad so that the audience would hate them, Allie parents show a good side to themselves later on in the movie, plus .... Allie loves her parents.

She however, defends her love by telling her mother that she knows about love, although she is merely 17 (Rachel is 28!). Her mother, she said, does not look at her father like the way she looks at Noah, nor laugh like her and Noah. She knows, she insists, that she LOVES Noah.

The two get separated as they quarrelled and World War II intervenes, and everyone (actually just me) started to sob non-stop. It was so saddening.

And because the movie is an adaption of a novel, the script is just remarkably surreal.

The movie moves on with the leads' separate lives, and then with a big twist that is not exactly unexpected, but still heartwrenching all the same.

It's the most I have cried in a cinema, and the first time I was still sobbing when I went OUT of the cinema.

My readers, please do go watch this beautiful movie if you do have that $6.50/$7.50/$8.50 to spare.

You faithful movie reviewer,
Xiaxue

Comments

Joanne said…
Yes, i totally agree with u.. it's really a very beautiful story...
i actually cried when i was reading the book a few years ago.. when i watched the movie, i cried again.. it's just so beautiful..
Jecht said…
Hi! I tot I saw ya along Centrepoint yesterday, u were wif another guy n a gal sometime around 6.50pm-ish heard this gal shrieking pretty loudly and it came from somebody who was a dead ringer for u...juz a comment, yep that photoshop(ed) pic of u and the real u, the diff is enormous haha. Kudos to Adobe!
jH said…
hmm.. i like this story too.. i too, was crying when the show ended.. it's funny yet touching.. it touched my heart and to complete the picture, i'm reading the novel now.. =)
Funerei said…
WOOt .... XIAXUE ...done it again man...These few post about movies... guess u realli a movie lover...Anyway The NOtebook is damn ....romatic and realli touching as well...i cried =( ....Love....what a wonderful movie to portray it.ANyway... u rock my world =) just 1 of ur many Blogders that supports you =) CHill gal.. U ROCKSS...U RULE
Watch the World said…
u watched notebook at cine???
Xiaxue said…
Nope ... At Jurong East.
Watch the World said…
haha tod i saw u at cine yesterday.. somewhere outside the sushi place
Anonymous said…
You wrote such a convincing review, that I'm convinced not to watch the show... haha, I don't want to be caught crying in the cinema :P....

BTW, Fahrenheit 9/11 absolutely rocks. No harm giving it a try ;)
Episode # 1 said…
i luv e show too. hey theres a follow up to it. not sure if u read e book, but e follow up is called, The Wedding. go get it! great review. ;)
Episode # 1 said…
oops. did i post my comment?
Ivan said…
Yes, I agree with you that Rachel McAdams is one of the prettiest actresses in Hollywood.

And did you know that Ryan Gosling acted in that Young Hercules series that aired on TV a few years back ?This was before the year 2000 I think - gee, makes me sound so old. Haha. :D

Hai~Ren
rachel mcadams is abso chio.haha.i totally loved the movie too! my eyes were just full of tears the whole 2nd half of the movie n i only cried towards the end. it was so touching, the ending where, um, did they die in the end? my frens n i predicted that they died together. sigh. glad im 16 :D although of course, u dun have to be 16 to watch an nc-16 movie. but im doing it legally! :P
Anonymous said…
Fahrenheit 9/11 is a movie by David Moore (not sure whether correct or not) talking about bush and 9/11 and all that.. read it from newspapers and time magazine..

jh
http://xiao3yu3.blogspot.com
Misan//thropy said…
as this is a public blog, i have been led to ur blog by notoriety spread like wildfire among my acquaintances. this is therefore my opinion as i shall so state matter-of-factly, and it is therefore ur right to tell me to a)suck my cock b)fark off or whatever u always seem to say. though of course it would rhetorically prove my point once again.

firstly, well obviously im at ur detractors side. i totally agree with what some of them had said. after mild perusal of your blog, i question very seethingly why would sunday times ever acclaim u as best asian blogger. for you seem to be well, of course! a bimbo, yet however ur looks is a severe mispresentation of the word bimbo, for you look like a very short makeup girl with no real true beauty. you do not evoke any sense of aura to be deemed as real beauty and for that fact i dont think u should be hailed as oh-so-pretty all the time. in fact, u look like a cross-breed between a japanese and a poodle.

secondly, your entries are so entirely absurdly ridiculous and shallow. they do not reflect anything worthy of mentioning about what you have learnt through out your life, nor does it show how intelligent you are, and usually, succintly shows the lack thereof only. perhaps this is why you are hailed the best asian blogger, for only very shallow people like the asians, all so poorly educated and delusioned to think that your images are cute, would bow down to you in such purblind devotion. it is no wonder some people uproot their asian values for they are indeed very ashamed to know that asians have such a dense and shallow mindset. for you to shamelessly put your pictures up and brand urself as being so goddamn pretty, it is just so self-delusional on your part to be so sorely mistaken. and this is what causes a degradation of the society, blogs likes yours, purblind blodgers like them, and peoplewhoactuallythinkuregood like the sunday times. its just so abominable.

u arent literary, u arent full of mellifluous fluid words that wrap around the reader ever so enticingly. indeed urs is full of your vacuous and vapid thoughts filled with nothing but as usual, an empty vessel. and yes, it would further prove the detractors right that ure a sorely mistakened and narcissistic empty shell.

u bear no light for the future of our country - if you are, the lantern you are holding has probably snuffed out glad to leave you in the dark.

this is no mano a mano, i do not want to quarrel with you for there is no point as your character would so continue on with ur barrage of incessant lame suckcock fuckoff comments. of course, this is ur blog, this is ur space, but ur shamelessness. no-no. so theres my chalice in hand, i toast you one, for it is you who would clout people into pink, meaningless fluffy actcute material.

cheerios!
Laconic Lad said…
wish u had an RSS feed, so I can put your feed in bloglines like mrbrown
Ivan said…
Well, everyone's entitled to an opinion. *shrugs shoulders*.

Hai~Ren
Xiaxue said…
Ha. Nice long one.

Three things I would like to say to you:

1) You do not have a sense of humour and you possibly lead a very sad life. It is not necessary that only serious blogs makes the best blogs.

2) If your message aims to have me do some reflection or close down the blog, I would like to say that u have failed, as I feel totally nonchalent about what you said. BEcause it has been said many times, by many other humourless beings. However, do not take that as an indication that it means you are correct. One negative comment from you today, and, let me count, 14 other positive comments from people who told me I made their day. As much as I am replying to you, you should know that I do not care less about what insignificant you are saying. Others love my blogs, so if you don't ... Well then ... remember I am not writing for you. :)

3) You know what? Beneath all that fluff that you wrote with those big words, I deem you to be a dumb person (full of assumptions in ur argument). You have, therefore, no authority to say whether I am a "bimbo" or not because you did not show you are even capable of judging intellect. Your style of argument is also not mature as you attacked things like looks. So just one word to sum it up for you: Bah.
Anonymous said…
To Misan//thropy: Frankly, your post does not make much sense. And come on, this is just a harmless post about a movie, so I see no reason why you have to rant on something totally irrelevant....

Oh, I get it... you're just jealous of Xx right :)?

I think you need some Jia Jia Liang Teh... BAH :)!
Ivan said…
All blogders together with me now:






BAH!

Hai~Ren
cherry said…
Dear Misan//thropy,

If you are so 'affected' by this blog...i wld advise u to stay away from this site from now onwards as you are just making urself more stressed out by finding fault rather than having a good laff.why do u wanna waste your time writing such a long comment when u can just buzz off after reading?goodness..arent u digging ur own grave...please for gods sake...u wldn wanna have have high blood pressure or hypertension just coz of a blog??BUZZ OFF PLEASE!!

Anywayz Xiaxue...everytime i read ur blog..i have a good laff...Even though i dun agree wif everything u say...ur sarcasm itself makes me laff....I have a request though...I would like to c a post on Singapore Idol and esp the rejects and the judges.... ;p
squashybabe said…
hey! happened to browse thru a few of ur entries. gd job! i love ur works. stay pretty yea =)
Jessica said…
Xiaxue, don't waste time replying stupid idiots. Just show him the picture you've and say BAH lor!!!
Faith said…
I wonder if misan-whatevercrap took english lessons.Because i sure don't understand the convoluted pseudo-english/american language. My friends and realtives in America and England don't speak or write like that? Stop trying to "americanise"/"anglorize" yourself. So what if she writes stuff like that? Its her blog no matter how public it is. There is a reason why she has the password to it, and you don't. Its just like walking into your room and saying that its ugly (which i assume might be, given the fact that you can't even think and right in neat sensible sentences, I think your room is in such a state of mess too.)
Gum said…
Misan//thropy,

You are really immature trying to think that you are of utmost maturity ... To come by, left some irresponsible comments... Then stating that you are not here to quarrel and state that you would not expect any comments.

Laughablly, you are the one who is afraid of getting hurled back at, that's why you already too the fleeing steps before you yourself even knew it!

When you check back for comments, you will find that the Blogders would be giving you a... Bah..

That is, if you know what that means.



Bah.
lotise said…
As much as i disliked synchronised movement, just gotta heed the call.

Bah!
maunderingmess said…
#1 I applaud you for the courage to continue blogging no matter what others say. You are a true blogger!

#2 I may not be able to express myself as well as you or any other person, but your entries are wonderful and entertaining. I do agree that not every blog has to be serious.

I salute you!
Slopster said…
Miso//(whatever)
To each his own, u dun like what u see..go elsewhere.

and to answer the becking.....

BAH!
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erection said…
oh xiaxue, u r ssssssoooooooooo cool n pretty, u said u r lookin for a bf, can i be yr bf??, i may not be very cute, but i know how 2 mk luv 2 a woman,(most man only know how 2 fuck a woman), i promise i will be able 2 make u "FLY TO THE MOON" :>
Wind said…
its no wonder, when you have a handle like that. would we have expected any less, misanthropy?

mis�an�thro�py (ms-nthr-p, mz-)
n.

Hatred or mistrust of humankind.

misan�thropic (msn-thrpk) adj.
misan�thrope (msn-thrp, mz-) or mis�anthro�pist n.
Source: The American Heritage� Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright � 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
silveryarn said…
and you had to spoil the suspense!
haha i agree it's a good show, even though i haven't watched it yet. am looking forward to it!
chinesetycoon said…
I also one of those who curious after reading the newspaper, so decide to take a took what so special about this "in" thing BLOG (even thou i still dun really understand, look like a online diary to me, no diff to normal website)

I must say i really enjoy the funny joke, especially those fiction stories, like the guy pull out a piece of "char siew" out of no where and start whacking eddy at wedding dinner ...etc
(I can't help but imagine he pull it out of his ass in my mind :� when i read the story)

I like her writing style cos it sort of remind how I think & act when I was young, just after ROD. The diff is Wendy think & behave like a bitch in virtual world only, i must say she is quite well behave in real world. But I not only think like a self centre young man, but i behave that way in real life too. Oh my ~_~.

Say whatever come to my mind when I was young, just told my seniors off when I feel they are wrong, simply no repect. But of cos not like KNN CBB that kind. So only a few senior can appreciate my frankness, that's why now I only think in my mind, but try to filter before I speak, dun want hurt someone again.

Ok that's not pt, the pt is I really like this online diary (i wonder why it's call BLOG, not online dairy), it alway make me laugh till stomach cramp, of cos like many say, I dun agree with her in alot of pts (just like what she say, FUCK CARE), I am old enough to differentiate what is wrong & right, I just read those stories as if I am reading a comic book (or maybe like Kao Siao Xing Dong)

But I feel like saying something after seeing Misan//thropy tio whack until so pityful. I mean no doubt I like Wendy's diary, I dun really support her as thou she is some kind of idol. So when some one like Misan//thropy post sibeh serious comment, I will read it with open mind, at least I agree with him/her in some pt althout I dun agree in name calling (did I call u bitch ? :�)

But those hardcore supporter simply just folo say thing like "just ignore that stupid idiot lah", "this is her BLOG, dun like? FUCK OFF lah", and "BAH".....etc I feel that sibeh buay creative leh, and somemore I doubt they read what those anti-wendy got to say, as long someone type something bad about Singapore Internet Idol aka Wendy, all start whacking him/her (I suspect I will get gangbang too)I mean reply what u dun agree what he/she say, convince him, not simply 1: Anti-wendy personnel detected, Step 2: Start curse & swear

Other than this childish behaviour those hardcore suppporter show, another pt I feel like saying is about Wendy, which I find unacceptable too.

That is making use of her popular website to embarrass those who she hate in real life intentionally or un-intentionally (i hope is un-intentionally)

For example some guy's gf info & photo is posted, and also that girl who sibeh chee hong in zouk. I mean you should know there are many pp visiting this web daily, so that "someone" you mention here, there must be some reader here who will know them, I dun see the need to embarrass them this way, and it really dun reflect good on you ( pls dun BAH me ^^ )

Althot i damn agree that girl is sibeh cheehong, but that is her human right to cheehong, only those at zouk will know. Now after you mention her name & hotel she work in, I guess haf the pp working in that hotel will know her is a any-rider now. :(

I rather virtual world & real world seperate, for example use "char siew" to whack pp in virtual world sibeh funny, but when you bring it to real life, really use "char siew" to hit pp, no more fun liao. (of cos the choice is yr, you are the Queen here)

Wah ni nah beh, so long this comment, really start to behave like ah pek, so long-winded, pai seh pai seh!
Reality said…
Ahem.....live and let live.
Ray said…
Hey, indeed.
Got to agree with you wholeheartedly that this movie is really nice... The guy does love the girl alot in the movie.. and the things he did.. admirable~!

Next movie to catch xiaxue, would be bourne supremacy ^_^ I'd bet you a movie ticket tt its good :P

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