Forever Alone February continues with ‘Dear John’

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.

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“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.

Verdict

“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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Get ready for Amanda Bynes’ gift in ‘She’s The Man’

Since Amanda Bynes has recently returned into our culture and looking I might add, I thought it was time that we looked into the past and her filmography go back to the gift that she has given us that we haven’t properly thanked her for. What is that gift you may ask? CHANNING. FUCKING. TATUM. Let’s just get into the review of “She’s The Man.”

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Inside every girl, there’s a boy

“She’s The Man” was released in March of 2006. It was directed by Andy Fickman, who gave the world “The Game Plan,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” Sigh. The movie stars Amanda Bynes (Your Childhood and “What I Like About You”) and Channing Tatum (Your mother’s closet and “Magic Mike”). This was one of Channing Tatum’s big breaks in the early to mid-2000s. Besides “Step Up” that came out in the same year, this was our real first look at the man that would literally be in everyone with a pulse’s dream. The movie is also based off of the Shakespearean play “Twelfth Night.” A lot of people thing that it’s based off on the 1985 teen movie “Just One of the Guys.” It’s not, it’s just based off of the same play. Less nudity.

This wasn’t a scene in the movie. They just shot this for “promotion.”

The movie follows Olivia as she tries to get revenge on her former high school’s boy soccer team and her hot yet douchy boyfriend. The school cut the funded the girl’s team and the sexist coach refused to let them try out. So Olivia decides to pose as her twin brother and attend his new school, which happens to the rival school. The movie follows Olivia as she tries to fit in with her new teammates while also trying to get her new hot roommate to fall in love with her.

When I watched this movie back as an adult, it wasn’t as funny as I remember it to be. In fact, I’m not really sure why I thought so fondly of it. I still think it’s a good movie but it’s honestly just not as good as I remember it to be. Could it have been because a 14 years old version of me was just interested in Channing Tatum and watched anything that Amanda Bynes did? The world may never know. But what I do know is that this movie wasn’t ‘All That.’ Get it?

The acting in it was okay. It wasn’t horrible but yet it wasn’t anything that would win an Oscar. Amanda Bynes was probably the best in the film just because comedy and situationally comedy is her strong point. She really tried her best. But like I said, there was no real breakout acting. I mean, Channing Tatum did a great job with then limited acting experience. But it was your average teen romantic comedy acting.

Left: Amanda as her Brother
Right: Amanda as Olivia

The production on the film was actually pretty good. It was on par with other movies out at the time. It wasn’t anything too exciting but yet it wasn’t anything over the top. I was just your average 2000s teen movie. The message behind the movie is still extremely powerful and relevant. It wasn’t something that is overly empowering but it still gives you a message about gender stereotypes and breaking those barriers.

Now I thought about rating Channing Tatum on how was in the film both by performance wise and hotness but that would be rating a baby seal on how adorable it is. We all know it’s adorable so why state the obvious?

Verdict

“She’s The Man” is an okay movie. It’s nothing too special but yet it’s nothing too great. It’s just kind of there for teen movies. Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum give the best performances in the movie. Because this movie is in her wheel house, and she’s the star, Amanda is the highlight of the entire movie. I do recommend watching it as the message is still a good and relevant message. “She’s The Man” is the perfect rainy day movie or if there isn’t anything else on.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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