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The Notebook
忘了.忘不了














by Peter Malone,27-Aug-2004

The Notebook

Director: Nick Cassavetes
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Joan Allen, Rachel McAdam
Duration: 115 minutes

If ever there was a big-budget Hollywood feature that proved that you can make a movie today just as they used to, it is The Notebook. It is lush and romantic, pretty as many pictures, its heart beating on its sleeve. Not a film for the cynics.

Based on a bestseller by Nicholas Sparks, it begins in the present with an old man reading a story from a notebook to an old lady in a home for the elderly. It is James Garner reading to Gena Rowlands (mother of the director, Nick Cassavetes). The woman is afraid, disturbed and suffering from dementia. But she listens attentively to what she says is a good story.

Then we see the story, coming back to the present every so often. It is the 1940s in the American south. Summer and holidays. Noah, who works in a lumber mill and has very few prospects, is attracted to Allie, a vivacious young girl from a wealthy family who is on holidays. They fall in love, they... well, it is not too hard to anticipate what will happen...

Ryan Gosling gives a credible performance with a difficult role: an earnest young man in love, disappointed in love, off to World War II and the attempt to settle after the war. Rachel McAdam is wonderfully spirited as the emotional young girl, pressurised to conformity by her mother (Joan Allen) and then trying to find her true self.

The danger with this kind of film, inviting us to lose ourselves in the emotions of the characters, is that it can become too much, at times too twee, at times too melodramatic. But, this is what the film intends to be and does it.

 



忘了.忘不了

導演:力克卡薩維蒂斯
主演:賴恩高斯寧、祖安愛倫、麗素麥雅當絲
片長:120分鐘
級數:IIB

若然要找一齣荷里活高成本製作的劇情片去證明仍能拍出像昔日般的高水準影片,它就是〈忘了.忘不了〉。本片華麗及充滿浪漫,如詩如畫,感情澎湃。憤世之士並不適合欣賞。

影片改編自尼高拉斯史派克的暢銷小說,故事開首是一間安老院,一位老先生正跟一名老婦娓娓道出筆記簿裡的故事。說書者是占士加納,聆聽的是珍娜羅蘭士(她是本片導演力克卡薩維蒂斯的母親)。這婦人畏懼、備受困擾及患有痴呆症,但遇上那些她認為是「好故事」時,卻能專心地聆聽。

之後,我們看到有關的故事,它帶我們穿梭於昔日與現實。故事發生於40年代的美國南部,時值暑假。諾亞在舊傢具廠工作,前途不大,對愛莉一見鍾情。活潑的愛莉來自富裕家庭,到來渡假。兩人共墮愛河,他們... 觀眾頗容易預計到故事的發展...

賴恩高斯寧的表現出色,演繹了高難度角色:一位真誠的青年墮入愛河,在戀愛中感到失望,參與二次大戰,戰後嘗試安頓下來。麗素麥雅當絲飾演情緒化的少女,事事受母親(由祖安愛倫飾演)壓制,之後嘗試尋找真我,她的演出充滿光采。

此類電影最危險之處是,它讓我們完全投進人物的的情感去,有時會過份了,有時矯揉造作,有時過於誇張。然而,這正是本片希望達到的,它亦達到了目的。

翻譯:TMG
編輯:王慧慈


 

 

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