Dear John

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Nicholas Sparks has had three of his books made into movies and his latest Dear John even has a little bit of action. (Okay, very little) Army Special Forces Sergeant John Tyree (Channing Tatum) is home on leave for several weeks when he suddenly notices a purse floating in a lake where he is relaxing. Of course, being a gentleman in the Army and noticing a beautiful girl nearby, he jumps into the water to retrieve it for her. Savanah (Amanda Sayffried) is a college girl who is home on break and helping to build a house for Habitat for Humanities and the two begin seeing each other. Their relationship is thriving until he takes her home to meet his father (Richard Jenkins) who spends his time dwelling on projects like a coin collection and eats the same foods every weekend, when Savanah realizes that John’s father has a mild form of Autism. When she shares her thoughts with John, he loses his temper and hits a friend of Savanah’s named Tim (Henry Thomas) who has a 4 year old child with a mental disability. They don’t see each other again until John is preparing to go back to his unit. Tim has forgiven him and John and Savanah promise to write each other until his enlistment is up and he comes home to her. (Viewers actually hear the letters and they’re rather boring.) Anyway, within a year of John rejoining his unit, 9-11 happens, John reenlists, and Savanah’s letters stop coming – then he receives a “Dear John” letter. I wish I could say this film is as good as Nicholas Sparks’ first movie, The Notebook, but it’s not. Several situations make no sense and only accurse to move the story forward. Most of Ammanda Seyfried acting abilities involve just looking good. (Of course that earns no points from me) Channing Tatum’s action scenes were great (all 5 minutes) but I’m sure he received a lot of practice in his last film G.I. Joe. Most men will find plenty of problems with an inconsistent script, while women will think it’s a beautiful love story with situations that just keep the couple apart. (Since I’m a diabetic what I see is a sappy love story that almost put me in to a coma.) Dear John isn’t a bad movie, but it’s not anything to write home about and I’m giving it a C rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.