Dear John, starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, is not a movie for everyone, but may just be a movie that has something for everyone. Paying the most I have ever paid to see a movie in my life, I saw Dear John yesterday at Universal Citywalk Cinemas in Hollywood. Yes, I may have preferred to wait for the DVD release, but this was a special occasion so we splurged.
We almost feel asleep. Not because the movie was boring! Just those wonderful captain chairs at Citywalk are more comfy than you can imagine. The large popcorn and drinks had free refills, but who wanted to get up? Really, if you are ever in the area, you must go. But get there before 12:00 am for the best ticket prices and no lines.
The movie apparently is quite different than the book by Nicholas Sparks, so keep that in mind if you have already read it. There are some major changes according to my daughter who read it before requesting to see the movie for her birthday. True to all Nicholas Sparks tales that I have read or watched, there is a girl, there is a boy, and there is a reason they can't be together.
In Dear John, Savannah and John meet much be accident in adorable scene that finds Channing Tatum diving off a 25 foot pier to save her. . . purse. Their relationship starts slow, but love grows fast, and is interrupted when John, who is only surfing at Savannah's beach on leave from a special forces unit of the military, must return to duty.
This starts a series of letters between the two, that connect them around the world, even though John cannot reveal where he is stationed from one moment to the next. We get to see a little bit of combat, but not too much to make this love story a war movie, but enough to keep guys from dismissing it completely as a chick flick.
Dear John also has a side story line involving autism, one adult portrayal convincingly played by Richard Jenkins. His story is touching, and his relationship with his son is a nice addition. There is also another story involving a long-time neighbor whose young son is autistic, and very attached to Savannah.
Coin collecting, autism, special military forces, 9/11, lasagna, and even a Dear John Letter. The movie was more than just a love story of a soldier and the girl he met on leave. See Dear John at theaters, or if you miss it, return to buy the DVD at the best price when it is released.
- Amanda Seyfried
- Channing Tatum
- Richard Jenkins
- Henry Thomas
- Scott Porter
|Dear John (2010) - Used - Dvd||US $1.77||29d 11h 30m|