Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Dear John in my view with a great review
Dear John tells the story of two star crossed lovers, John (Channing Tatum) and Savannah (Amanda Seyfried). John, a special forces officer who was home on two weeks leave in South Carolina meets Savannah, a rich college student who dreams of becoming a special education teacher whose life is the complete opposite of John’s.
The movie begins with a flashback from the war. This scene gives you an idea of how the ending is going to be, but then it changes completely.
Raised by his father, who analyzes his coin collection all day and makes chicken every Saturday and lasagna every Sunday, Savannah points out to John the possibility that his father may have a mild case of autism. This sparks the first fight between the two lovers. His reputation as a trouble maker seems to create fear upon the locals around the area, although he had straightened up when he joined the army.
When John’s two weeks are over, he must return to the war tearing them apart. They make a promise to write letters to one another while he is away for the next year. When the 9/11 attacks come into play, this tears them apart almost completely. John is forced to choose between being with Savannah and serving his country. Many side stories continue happening, especially with John’s father and Savannah’s long time family friend who also has an autistic son.
Although Savannah somewhat salvages John’s relationship with his father, the Dear John letters begin coming less frequently. And needless to say there are some teary moments.
Dear John is one of the typical Nicholas Sparks movies with heartbreak, death, and an audience full of tears.
I have finally managed to watch the whole thing! i can honestly say it is one of my favorite movies of 2010 so far. the acting was so convincing and it was not the typical love story that ends up with happily ever after. a must see for sure.
A.O.Scott from NY times said "Dear John carefully distills selected elements of human experience and reduces them to a sweet and digestible syrup. It may not be strong medicine, but it delivers an effective, pleasing dose of pure sentiment and vicarious heartache."
Roger Ebert from Chicago sun time said "Lasse Hallstrom's Dear John tells the heartbreaking story of two lovely young people who fail to find happiness together because they're trapped in an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel."