Dear John (12A)

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Romance

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Posted: Tue Apr 13 2010

Here’s another pathologically pleasant melodrama from Lasse Hallström (‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’); this one is adapted from a weepy by Nicholas Sparks, author of ‘The Notebook’ and ‘Nights in Rodanthe’, so comes infected with a fatal strain of Sunday school sanctimony. It’s an elegantly doomed love story with Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried (‘Mamma Mia!’): a couple so wholesomely, handsomely American they ought to come with a made-by-Mattel stamp.

He is a soldier on leave from the Green Berets visiting his awkward coin-collecting dad; she’s a student. They meet on a beach in South Carolina. Cue a two-week romance filmed something like a feminine hygiene advert: sunshiny and breezy, his bronzed beefcake chest, her lithe limbs. There’s some coy intimate relations and seriously articulate let’s-make-the-world-a-better place chats. She tells him she wants to set up a summer camp for kids with autism; he’s only got a year left to serve. They promise to write. It’s all looking peachy. At which point you expect one of them to pipe up: ‘Gee, aren’t we meant to be, like, elegantly doomed or something?’

Enter 9/11, rudely upsetting the course of true love. He re-enlists for another tour, she waits. War, death, illness, this film has its fair share of all three. Which, never mind anything so complicated as grief or post-traumatic stress, provide ample opportunity for great swells of goodness and beatific smiles; even the Dear John letter of the title is written in an act of heroic self-sacrifice. A sucker for a cheap sob, it left me cold.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Apr 16, 2010

Duration:

108 mins

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Violetta

darn it V you've just invented a new vulnerability - surely you mean autistic Ed.

Violetta

JohnTyree is a special forces grunt whose austistic pappy is heavily engrosssed in collecting coins and always cooking the same dishes on the same day of the week. "I know it's lasagne dad, it's Saturday." Savannah Curtis, a wealthy farmer's daughter provides the love focus and almost sticks by her man whilst John romps through several misguided overseas' US military jaunts in response to 9/11. The war scenes form a small side plot to the overall romantic footage between Savannah and John. But John's half reluctant commitment to his fighting team tests Savannah's love bond to the distant John. I enjoyed this movie particularly John's well crafted dad played superbly by Richard Jenkins. In my book a very strong 7 outa 10 movie well worth at night out with the popcorn.

Julie

I loved it, yeah it was soppy and very predictable, but left me with a lovely feel good feeling that will be with me for weeks. Makes a change from the blood and gore we see so much of in the cinema's these days. Nicholas Sparks is one of my all time fave authors.

Julie

I loved it, yeah it was soppy and very predictable, but left me with a lovely feel good feeling that will be with me for weeks. Makes a change from the blood and gore we see so much of in the cinema's these days. Nicholas Sparks is one of my all time fave authors.

usman latif khawaja

other than tatum it was a big disappointment -i hope he chooses his scripts with a bit more caution in future -he has potential but not this director -

Tiff

this film was absolutly amazing really good in my eyes. yes it was predictable but thats what made it so good sad ending but brilliant love story definatly worth watching :D

Tiff

this film was absolutly amazing really good in my eyes. yes it was predictable but thats what made it so good sad ending but brilliant love story definatly worth watching :D

charlie

yeah, the man in it (Channing Tanum) is one of the reasons it is the best film ever but i was really sad when it ended. it was a bit predictable but i loved it.

charlie

yeah, the man in it (Channing Tanum) is one of the reasons it is the best film ever but i was really sad when it ended. it was a bit predictable but i loved it.

Dicky

Hmmmm …. What was I saying in another review about film industry plants? I’ll say no more about your review, Charles. . As “Dear John� was on close to me, I did the decent thing and saw it. However, as someone said about another film, this could have been written by a teenager. It’s very nice, but incredibly predictable. Unfortunately, the hero is impossibly good looking – with a Charles Atlas physique - to the point throughout the film I wasn’t sure whether I was watching a film or a glorified advert for Gillette razors. I agree with Cath Clark’s review, but I’m not sure this film warrants two stars. Sure, it’s not quite a one star turkey, but it’s somewhere in between. I wasn’t unhappy when it ended.

charlie

This Is the best film i have ever watched it is far better than anything else!!

charlie

This Is the best film i have ever watched it is far better than anything else!!