Hi! This review might be a bit controversial, as I am somewhat conflicted on my opinion of this movie. As a young teen, I was enchanted by the movie, but with a more mature sensibility, I can see all the plot holes and issues. However, my mother reminds me not to judge an old movie by modern standards, so I will do my best to keep an open mind. Spoilers abound because this movie is 15 years old and it’s a classic.
Right off the bat, the thing I loved most was how the older Noah and Allie frame the story of their younger selves. Noah’s devotion is incredibly moving and Allie’s vulnerability is heartbreaking.
The relationship between the two younger characters is a bit more tempestuous. At one point, the narration of older Noah reveals that “They didn’t agree on much. In fact, they didn’t agree on anything… But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other.” I just interpret this quote as “two incompatible teenagers are drawn to each other by hormones”. Throughout the movie, Allie’s parents comment on the social differences between them and try to warn the two to think of the future. The parents are painted as the “villains” of the story, simply because they have common sense and social etiquette awareness
This movie actually gets three standout supporting characters. First up are older Allie and Noah because they frame the story so beautifully and form a sort of interspersed epilogue to the main plot, and their final scenes together are so bittersweet.
The third supporter is Lon Hammond, played by gorgeous James Marsden. Lon’s character seems very simple and sweet and most importantly drama-free. He is simply a victim of Allie’s irrational behavior and he did not deserve to get his heart broken like that!
Overall, the movie is a rom-com of the early 2000s, and more importantly, it’s a Nicholas Sparks rom-com. Watch it, take it for what it is, and get what you can out of it. I’d give it 7.5/10 for the framing and the aesthetics and the bittersweet ending. Good movie for ladies night, or for a guy who really wants to make girl happy. Also a good movie to show as an antithesis to a healthy modern relationship.