The Notebook is an old-fashioned but heart-warming movie about two lovers who overcome obstacles such as class, war and illness to reunite. Directed by Nick Cassavetes, the son of the late Hollywood legend John Cassavetes, the film starts slowly with scenes of an ailing but spirited old man named Duke (James Garner) reading a love story aloud to Allie Calhoun (Gena Rowlands), an Alzheimer's patient. The story is about how two young people - a poor rural boy, Noah (Ryan Gosling) and a rich city girl, Allie (Rachel McAdams) - meet, date, have fun, separate, and finally, reunite, by breaking all social barriers. You don't have to be a genius to work out what is going to happen right from the beginning. Because of this, it is quite pointless for Cassavetes to keep up the suspense. Everyone can guess the outcome. As a story set in southern America in the 1940s, the film glorifies the struggles of two white lovers and fails to touch on the issue of racial discrimination. Fortunately, the wonderful acting is more than enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen. While Garner and Rowlands are brilliant as usual in playing the elderly characters, it is Gosling and McAdams who shine in the movie. Gosling's boyishness makes his character adorable, while McAdams - with her strong features and pouting lips - is perfect for the role of the wealthy girl with a dash of cheekiness. However, the film's strength lies in its heart-warming story, which is based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks. It is hard not to be drawn in by a story about love at first sight, which is perhaps the most charming of all romantic notions. The ending of the film is so predictable, but despite this, the idea of an eternal love that surpasses time, memories and death is enough to move even the most iron-hearted members of the audience to tears.