In a follow up to a previous The Inquisitr report, Netflix has responded to fans’ outrage about the ending of a beloved movie, The Notebook, thought to have been edited for a more ambiguous or happier outcome. Netflix, using their Twitter account, in their trademark snarky and hilarious way, notified fans what happened, as well as reassuring them that the original ending would be intact when it comes to the American version of the film.
The earlier report saw fans outraged by the alternate ending of The Notebook, recounting their rage, tears and overall dissatisfaction with Netflix. The film featured an elderly couple, with the wife (Gena Rowlands) suffering from Alzheimer’s and unable to remember her own husband (James Garner). He patiently recounted their love story to her through flashbacks. The movie ends with the wife finally remembering her husband, only for both to die in each others’ arms.
The general assumption was that Netflix, somehow, had changed the ending of the Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams film, to maybe make it more palatable to audiences, instead of the tragic ending implied at the end of the original film. The outrage was pretty swift, with many wondering what prompted the change. Accusations of softening the ending swirled as well.
The outcry was all over social media, however, at the time of the original report, no official statement from Netflix had been made. That promptly changed.
Things you should know…— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) February 27, 2019
– we did not edit the notebook
– an alternate version exists and was supplied to us
– we are getting to the bottom of it asap
– apparently some films have more than one ending?!
In another recent report by The Inquisitr, the Netflix original, Bird Box, also required a minor edit of footage of a real-life fatal accident, after the outcry from the public. In that case, the film was an original movie produced by Netflix, therefore the choice of removing or altering scenes are well within their purview. With The Notebook, however, the alternate version of the film seems to have been supplied to the streaming giant.
one more thing you should know: we've uploaded the correct (is it correct? who knows at this point) version so the familiar ending is restored— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) February 28, 2019
While the change had sparked a lot of debate, Netflix’s tweet clarified the situation, albeit in a snarky way that may not have been appreciated by many. Netflix U.K. clarified that they did not edit the film, but instead was provided an alternate version. They promptly corrected the issue (while still making light) and ensured that the original ending of The Notebook was on Netflix going forward.
Netflix’s social media accounts are one of the world’s best when it comes to engaging audiences in creative, innovative, and thoughtful ways. However, admitting to a mistake, while not their fault, in a sarcastic manner may not have helped the situation. Despite this, Netflix went on to reassure its members that they will be able to enjoy the original version, in all its tearful glory.
But rest assured that the version of The Notebook coming to the US on March 1 will be the version that has always made you sob. https://t.co/2G5BWzYurj— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) February 27, 2019
The Notebook is now streaming on Netflix.