Dear John Reviews
Saw it again! Good romantic fim! I expected so much from this film and after finishing it I couldn't quite understand what on earth was the director thinking finishing a movie like this. It felt like a Nicholas Sparks kinda movie but sometimes it didn't. On a plus side the movie moves you and you can feel thru some good acting from the main characters that there love was really deep and real and that's always great on a love story. I would have like to see more of the ending, I wish they would have elaborate it more, it really left me wanting for more and I still can't decide if that's a good thing.
Here's a summary of what this movie is about : While John is on leave in his hometown, he finds Savannah, a college student visiting the town. Although love was unexpected, it doesn't mean they didn't find it. With the knowledge of John having to leave for the army, their love still lives, until his re-signs on due to the 9/11 attack. Troubles invade and their love put on hold. One cannot bear it anymore; can the other?
i must say "dear john" makes great advantage of 911 event, which brings back an air of retro-war-romance like "farewell to the arms"(gary cooper was in the original movie adaption in 1930s), that sort of old romantic story you heard around wwi or wwii, woman waiting for the letter from her beau in the army. (wars make the greatest romances, don't you agree?) sometimes it's hard to believe that in a digitalized time like today that people could still communicate their feelings through written words on papers instead of the efficient emails..(i refer to the movie's case)..and also, the protagonists only spend two weeks together then the woman is sent back to college, the man to the army..18 hours more to be together when the man is on leave because of the 911 tragedy, then one great tender laid between these two during that brief time. in most of the time, the romance proceeds in the longings and yearnings for each other...that makes you wonder perhaps thinking of being in love sometimes is more romantic than actually being in love and living together day by day. just like the great british romance "one brief encounter" in which the protagonists spent all the time meditating that one thursday during the whole week to cower in each other' arms. (maybe the best thing of romance is the fantastic possibility of life which is like a gleam of hope and great wonderment shining upon your drab mediocre life..and the confusion about it captivates you far more than your ordinary relationship with opposite sex)
the best part of the movie is probably the subplot of the man's interactions with his autistic father who's obsessed with coins. and what the coins symbolize the disintegration and union between the father and son. and the most beautiful speech the man makes is the words he composes when he's shot in the battlefield..that pile of words about his thinking of himself like one of the flawed coins eliminated by american government, no longer perfect, made obsolete, about to be discarded, then the last thing he thinks of before everything blacks out is..HER.
my minor complaint would probably be the female character which appears like a vague shadow for some function of romantic interest in spite of the good actings delivered from amanda seyfried, but the woman is just too plainly good, far from bitch: she cares for the autistic kids who need special education, spends her family fortune on a summer camp for those "special" kids and eventually she marries a dying man and she's willing to take over the dying man's kid to raise.,,most of all, she hasn't suffered from any kind of whims for sluttish sexual encounters or moments of physical weekness while her beau is in the army..what an angelic saint made for your beautiful dreams. so i say, i'm surprised to know it's tagged as chick flick because it's totally centered on a male vision of ideal romance. get the point?
besides, the part of the woman marrying the sick man for some altruistic reason is a bit long-winded and the efforts she takes to nurture the sick man and his child are a bit un-realistic. maybe the story would be more romantic if it just ends at the point when the man envisions her as the last thing coming into his mind when he loses his conscious, but shits happen, the most beautiful romance always ends with a tragic regret so you would carry it to your mind forever and contemplate in a rainy day: how happy i could be if shits didn't happen and now i'm in her arms to smooch and embrace. that "if" could console you even in the worst moment of your life, for most people are even deprived of that lovely "if", that fantastic possibility of life, all through our lives except the few blessed ones.
unfortunately, "dear john" doesn't end like that.
The plot is this: John (Channing Tatum) meets Savannah (Amanda Seyfriend) and they fall in love. John's in the military, he goes off vowing to make her an honest woman. 9/11 occurs and John re-enlists. Savannah has to deal. Dad is Rain Man. Yes, this film exploits a ton of situations just to get you going. Yet it still fails.
Someone needed to write John and tell him this movie should be considered DOA. It felt like three plots mashed together into one blob that doesn't really make much sense unless you read the book. Believe me, if the book runs as poorly as the film does then there's is something to being illiterate.
Dear John believe it or not has something to offer, the movie is "cute", it has however something that makes it good.
Lasse always follows a patern, his movies are all the same, characaters and location are all that change, but for some reason he is able to get his audience and fans always on the go. And i cant go against that
Believe it or not the acting is actually good, Tatum his self is at the best, and Seyfried is doing it even better. Over all Dear John is cute, quite romantic and sad just like any other, but i dont think i have anything to complain about the movie, infact the sound track is amazing!
John Tyree: Two weeks together, that's all it took, two weeks for me to fall for you