It’s February and it’s a month of love. So every Friday in February, I’ll be watching and reviewing classic romantic movies throughout the month. So let’s celebrate love in honor of Valentine’s Day. Welcome to Forever Alone February. Didn’t expect that titled now did you?
It’s time to continue on the love movie train and talk about an popular movie that is pretty much a staple of everyone library. Literally because it was a book before it was an actual movie. Let’s talk about a Nicholas Sparks movie. You can’t have a month of love movies without a Nicholas Sparks movie.
“Dear John” was released in January of 2014. It was the 4th Nicholas Sparks novel to be turned into a film. As of February 2019, there have been 11 Nicholas Sparks novels turned into movies. “Dear John” was directed by Lasse Hallström. He’s the Swedish mind behind all the video for a little Swedish pop group named ABBA. He also directed “Safe Haven,” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” and “The Cider House Rules.” The movie stars Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike” and “Step it Up”) and Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia!” and “Mean Girls”).
The movie follows two people in starting in 2001. Staff Sergeant John Tyree (Tatum) returns home on leave and meets college student Savannah Curtis (Seyfried) and have a two week whirlwind of romance. Once they return to real life, they take their love to letters as they have a long distance relationship through their letters.
I have some thought on this movie. Having only seen one other Nicholas Sparks movie and that is “The Last Song.” My knowledge of these movies is limited. I can see why people truly love “Dear John.” It’s a romantic movie. But like, they all can’t be this bad. To a certain extent, the movie itself has its merits. Channing and Amanda did an amazing job with what they were given. They were the best part of the entire movie. They did well together and you can tell that they really tried to make it work.
The story is good but there’s nothing really to it. The entire movie just comes off as really generic. It was rather boring because I just couldn’t get into the story. The characters should have been just called John Doe and Jane Moe. Like there wasn’t anything there to make you want to connect with the characters. When there was, it was towards the end of the moving and that’s only because someone died and all the emotion, what little there was, came to the surface. The worst part of the entire movie is the ending. I’m not going to spoil it because the title already does that but like this isn’t how romance movies are supposed to end. The entire movie just felt like a letdown. The movie is perfect if you are looking to hook up with someone and don’t care about the plot.
The production on the movie wasn’t bad. Some of the details were good but then other times they were not so good. Like I really didn’t know that this movie started in 2001. It wasn’t until they had 9/11 take place that it truly felt like it was in that time frame.
Let’s Review Channing Tatum
It’s the time in the review where I review Channing Tatum. I’ll be reviewing him on his hotness and his performance in the movie. Let’s get one thing straight. Channing Tatum could be a playing a corpse and it would be a hot corpse. But on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being good, I’d probably rate him a 7. His character is super attractive but like, it would be more attractive if there was more to him. As I said, it’s just generic character. It’s like dating someone for the looks and then once you break up that you get to see a little bit more of a personality. I wish there was just more to the character.
“Dear John” isn’t the movie that I would recommend to watch unless you are looking for a movie to hook up during. It’s just too generic and doesn’t really make you feel any sort of emotion until about the end of the movie. Even then, that feeling is angry because the ending sucks. It’s anti-climatic and feels like a major let down.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
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