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Dear John Reviews

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July 11, 2016
One of the best movies I have ever seen, the characters are fascinating, the story is beautiful in the way that the author usually always write. Romantica, realistic and exciting. It is impossible not to get involved in this beautiful love story!
Another fact is quite exciting to see John's relationship with his father.
The film has important and complicated issues such as: military life, autism, Asperger's syndrome ... Good talent of Nicholas Sparks for romantic stories is exciting to touch the heart and Dear John could not be different.
½ July 10, 2016
Enjoyable movie for a wet weekend with some popcorn.
June 15, 2016
Really stereotypical love story.
May 23, 2016
match well with a rainy day
½ March 29, 2016
Main characters and supporting cast lack a sense of emotion. Watching this movie felt uncomfortable at times, and embarrassing. The use of cancer and autism and 9/11 to bring out emotion was cheap, and they failed at it.
The main thing here was that both Tatum and Seyfried were not believable as lovers.
I would gladly give a zero stars, but it gets one because and only because of the letters, it's very refreshing to see that in this day and age.
March 28, 2016
Didn't like the ending. Loved it otherwise. One of my least favorite Nicholas Sparks movie.
February 28, 2016
After weeks of wading laboriously through Oscar hopefuls, a good light-hearted girls-night-out to a bad B-grade tear-jerker seemed well in order. With two premiering this week it can be difficult to choose, however when it comes to Dear John and Remember Me one stone is enough to kill both birds.

Dear John

Adapted from yet another of Nicholas Sparks best selling romance novels (The Notebook, Message in a Bottle), Dear John is a softly focused and overly sentimental modern Romeo and Juliet post September 11.

Serving as the old-fashioned American archetype of the strong silent type, Ex-model turned actor Channing Tatum pulls off the broody but endearing lead. Contrasting highly with young Kate Winslet-esque Amanda Seyfried who plays Tatum's slightly holier-than-thow but likeable love interest.

Home on leave; Special Forces Green Beret John Tyree (Tatum) stays with his emotionally disconnected obsessive coin-collecting father (Richard Jenkins), when he meets down-to-earth college student Savannah Curtis (Seyfried).

Embracing the highly closed off John, Savannah welcomes him into her happy and calm way of life; doing charity work, riding horses and explaining the reasons behind her aspirations to open a ranch for autistic children, like her six year old neighbour Alan (Braeden Reed). Savannah also helps John to understand and tolerate his hermit father's peculiar ways.

As their two week whirlwind courtship comes to an end, Savannah returns to school and vows to write John as much as possible whilst he serves the last year on his tour of duty.

Their brief separation seems to be an easy and endearing situation until the intervention of the events of 911 and John's once short term commitment becomes and indefinite division.

Will Savannah accept John's decision to reenlist? Will Savannah wait for his return? Can John survive in battle if Savannah refuses?


Remember Me

A contextually flimsy and unstructured love story come dreary family melodrama, Remember Me's morose tone, sluggish pacing and overly weighted in significance script is bittersweet in this less than affecting movie.

In need of an immediate acting intervention, Twilight's teen-heartthrob Robert Pattison channels the dramatic likes of James Dean and Marlon Brando as he attempts to turn his dreamy soulful eyes, into a soulful performance.

Since the unprovoked suicide of his older brother, NYC college student Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson) has had family issues. Tyler's turbulent relationship with his arrogant and insensitive power-attorney father (Pierce Brosnan) differs greatly with his wonderfully adoring relationship with his younger and giftedly artistic sister Caroline (Ruby Jerins).

After yet another family tiff, Tyler enjoys a night out drinking and venting with flatmate and friend Aidan (Tait Ellington), but becomes involved in a back street altercation. Unjustly beaten and incarcerated overnight by the attending policeman Neil Craig (Chris Cooper), the boys vow to find a way to get back at him.

Still bearing the bruises, Aidan spots Craig dropping off his daughter Ally (Emilie de Ravin) at the same school. Aidan convinces Tyler to charm Ally in hopes of beginning a relationship and then exacting their revenge. However, as their mirroring family issues and a need for love intensifies their relationship, a true bond is formed and a real relationship blossoms.

Will Ally find out the reason behind Tyler's initial attraction? Can Tyler and his father ever mend their broken relationship? Is there something greater at work in this plot?

The Verdict: Sadly neither of these films had a great impact. Dear John had promise but the longing looks, lingering kisses and continual character separation saw the movie loose energy; Remember Me with its clumsy scene changes and labouring subtext lacked the heartfelt anchor required for an affecting film.

As one film ends with nothing more than a footnote and the other with a winding sucker punch, each of these romantic drama's offer something unique, however neither fully manage to evoke true emotion.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 19/03/2010
January 30, 2016
Outdrawn love story&poor choice
January 23, 2016
God this movies are all the same.
Positives: Father-son relationship.
Negatives: Everything else.
December 12, 2015
Although the attractive characters and scenic setting make this movie visually appealing, the strange, melodramatic plot, weak writing and bad acting ruin a movie that had great potential. They beat the coin metaphor (which could've been meaningfully if used sparingly) to death and the ending makes light of the fact that Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfield can only be together because the man she married out of pity died of cancer. When they fall in love at the end, it almost seems like they're celebrating the fact that her husband is dead and her "burden" is gone.
October 11, 2015
Very poorly done. Disappointing.
August 7, 2015
An annoying movie with cliches and cheesy dialogues. For it's "heartfelt" melodramas, the scenarios and characters are very unrealistic which takes even more off the overall boring and uninspired tale.
½ May 17, 2015
father son relationship was most interesting aspect of this movie
½ April 25, 2015
An ok film. Thought it would have more action it and more of an actual plot/sad interesting storyline. Wasn't that impressed by it tbh. If it didn't have the good cast, it wouldn't be good at all.
½ April 6, 2015
Between its insufferable cheese, lukewarm performances (particularly from Channing Tatum) from its leads, croaked direction and exploitative storyline, DEAR JOHN is "been there, done that".
½ March 15, 2015
dear John has its good moments . and has some very intriguing bad moments too. Although with a decent cast and really bad come through ending dear John is watchable. but is it good enough to watch again?

Channing Tatum delivers and saves what could've been a disaster .

so with that saying 2 1/2 â?? out of 5 is reasonable
½ February 21, 2015
Read the book first, big mistake. I liked the book a lot, but movie is not great. If you haven't read the book then the adaptation of the novel to film won't bother you and you might see it differently. Not Nicholas Sparks' best.
½ February 3, 2015
It was a great movie.
January 29, 2015
Omg if there were more stars I would give it
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