Listen, I'm not here to argue about whether the 2004 film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's novel The Notebook with Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling plays a role or not a good movie. But to cut the last minute of the movie and make a comparatively passionate prelude to a flock of birds, it seems like a shit.
This was obviously the alternative end welcomed viewers who were trying to stream the film on Netflix in the UK, as the Twitter account by Netflix UK and Ireland confirmed on Wednesday. In an apparent attempt to reassure viewers that they did not completely disgust the love story of Allie and Noah, the report tweeted the following:
To be clear, it followed a series of reports to the contrary: Netflix claims the film is not to have worked. In fact, there are often alternative endings of popular films. But even Sparks does not seem to know what is going on here, claiming that he has found out that this alternative end ends in the same way as everyone else. And although we know that Netflix cuts films, it seems utterly unlikely and bizarrely ambitious to end a relatively harmless (albeit weepy) end.
So what's going on here? It is possible that this was a cut for another international market, as films are sometimes altered in a different way to increase their attractiveness (or alternatively, to censor them). Pride and Prejudice became a much sweeter example in the US than in the whole pond. Maybe The notebook is another such case?
It sounds like Netflix is investigating for itself, but we contacted the company and will update it when we hear it.