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RIP James Garner


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I just saw a DVD of THE NOTEBOOK for the first time.


It's a love story starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, which was a hit at the time of its 2004 release. James Garner is prominently featured in a supporting role, along with Gena Rowlands.


Normally a tear jerker of this sort is not my cup of tea but I decided to watch it because of Garner's participation.


There are no great surprises in the overall story but it is certainly well written, directed and acted. Most of the tale, involving the film's two young stars, is told in flashback by Garner to Gena Rowlands, as they play a pair of seniors residing in a nursing home.


While I generally appreciated the love story of the two young people, what took me by surprise was the power of the film's final scenes involving Garner and Rowlands. I will not, of course, divulge their contents for those reading this who have yet to see the film.






I was unsure until near the end whether James Garner was the older Ryan Gosling or the older James Marsden.

I wasn't sure if it was going to go the expected Hollywood way.

I didn't read the book.

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