Weren’t you one of the ones who told me to watch this movie, and that when I did watch it, I would cry? Well, if it wasn’t you, it was everyone else. Every single person I’ve talked to who’s seen it, has told me they cried. Oh my God, it was so sad! I just LOST it at the end. OMG.
Now let me back up and make two points before I continue with this. Point one: no, this is not a SpaceBrew Review of The Notebook. I will not be talking about the plot, the acting, spoilers, plot devices and how they could have made this movie better. Hence the title. I don’t feel the need to review this movie. Notice how most of the Brew Reviews I write always get good stars? Well I think they do, I don’t really recall. See, that’s because I really only like to review the good movies.
Point number two: I’m not standing here telling you I didn’t cry because I’m a man, and I don’t cry at movies. I think we’ve already established that yes, I do cry if the movies are good enough, and they draw my emotions. Think One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, or Saving Private Ryan. I rest my case.
Now. Back to The Notebook. Now I expect to take a bit of heat for this for saying this movie is bad. Well, if you haven’t seen it, I’m not going to say don’t rent it. It’s not bad. It’s just – well, just really kinda not that great. Sorry, ladies. And another thing is that I actually do kind of like chick flicks. Yeah, I’ll admit that I actually quite enjoyed (and furthermore own) Steel Magnolias. And yes, I do cry every time I see it. Sally Field is pretty remarkable. Yes, I have emotions. Yes, I cry like a woman sometimes. Yes, I AM gay. Wait… NO! I meant to say no! I’m NOT gay! I take it back!
Anyway, yeah I just didn’t think it was great, I didn’t get all tied up and emotional in it, and I didn’t see it being sad at the end like everyone else said it was. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I found it to be one of the happiest endings I had ever seen. I wanted so badly to cry! I wanted to get all emotional and look over at my wife at the end of it and just fall into each other’s arms bawling like babies, just letting it all out. Meh. Didn’t happen. Not even a tear. And I was let down severely by this. I really, really wanted to cry.
So in closing, I don’t know what it was I was looking for in this movie. I guess expectations were just set too high. That’s why I hate when people tell me all about some movie I have to see because of this or that, or hey, when this happens you’ll love it! Just tell me to see this movie or that movie. Don’t tell me why. Just tell me I have to see it. I can deal with that. Then I’ll make my own case for why it was I had to see it. But I don’t watch trailers anymore, I don’t ask people what it’s about. I just watch it. Sigh. Well, had people not told me how great it was, I would maybe have actually enjoyed it. Because like I said, it wasn’t bad.
Oh well. Now I have to look for a new movie that will make me cry. Any suggestions?