Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dear John

Starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum
Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks

Yet another very good film based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks.  I am beginning to see a pattern here for myself, a certain leaning towards this author's works and the film adaptations thereof. 

Dear John is the story of John Tyree, a soldier on leave at home, and Savannah Curtis, a student visiting home during spring break.  When he rescues her purse that inadvertently fell into the ocean, the two meet and something clicks.  During the two weeks that follow they are almost inseparable and fall in love.  She must return to school, however, and he must return to his duties.  They promise to write, to tell each other everything.  When the tragedy of 911 hits John's loyalty to his country and the promise he made Savannah to return create a great conflict.  He decides to fight for the cause, hoping Savannah will understand.  But the letters become fewer and further between.  Then one day, the letter arrives.  The letter that changes everything.  Dear John......

I love this movie.  Though it is perhaps not in the ranks of Notebook or Message in a Bottle, this movie tugs at your heart, making you reach for the tissues (something that should always be handy for adaptations of Nicholas Sparks' works).  Well-acted and true to the book, this is a must see.  I added it to my DVD collection.  You may want to too.

Rating 4.5/5

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