Rating: 2/4 (Barely watchable romance drama that is too long)
I usually stick to romantic comedies, since pure romances are a tad too heavy for my taste. But, I watched Dear John with my partner in a feeble attempt to compensate for the violent movies I had been inflicting upon her! 😀
Dear John is a romantic movie based on a novel of the same name written by Nicholas Sparks. John (Channing Tatum) is a soldier who meets Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) on his vacation. Savannah meets his reclusive dad and soon they all come closer as John and Savannah fall in love. 9/11 happens at this time and John decides to return back to serve his country in the Middle East. They promise each other that they would write letters until they can meet again. As the war drags on and John cannot return, the couple find themselves drifting apart. By the time John returns, his dad is dead and Savannah has married their mutual friend. Tragic events later in life bring them back together.
Dear John is barely watchable only due to the main characters, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. Not only do they fit their squeaky-clean innocent characters perfectly, their chemistry is great too. Unless they are careful, there is a danger of them being cast in a train of similar movies that are upcoming, all based on Nicholas Sparks’ books. The romance here is interesting, but the plot is super long and insists on plodding slowly through it all. Dear John is a barely watchable romance drama that is too long .