Dear John: The Movie
Reviewed by Kimberly, age 19, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
The first thing going through my head before I went to go see Dear John was how cute this movie was going to be because of the previews I had seen before it came out. I have not read the book Dear John, so I didn't have any idea what the story was truly about, but it looked like something that would interest me and a girlfriend of mine. Dear John is based on the book by Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote The Notebook and A Walk to Remember. Going into this movie I had no expectations, and the only thing I hoped for was that the ending would be a decent one because romantic movies a lot of the time end up having not-so-great endings.
So my friend and I went to see the movie the day after it came out, which was a Saturday, and we were really excited to see it. The movie started off very cute and romantic, and this is a good way to start off a movie. The characters are John Tyree, played by Channing Tatum, and his love interest in the film is the character named Savannah Lynn Curtis, played by Amanda Seyfried. This is a movie of true love, heartache, and how even the things you really do want in life don't end up working out the way you'd hoped. Savannah falls in love with a solider named John Tyree during her spring break. The basic story line is that these two lovers trade "Dear John" letters with each other over the course of two years.
Overall, Dear John is an inspiring movie and it does bring out the emotion in you, but the ending did not live up to the hype. There was a better way to end the movie, and I don't want to spoil it for the people who have not seen it, but I will say this - it doesn't work out the way you think it will. It is the kind of ending that leaves you hanging, making you think there will be a part 2. This was yet another good book turned into a movie, but it fell short in delivering in terms of the ending.
I give Dear John 4 stars out of 5 because the movie had a strong start and the action part of it spiced things up as well, but the ending disappointed so many of the people in the theater that it seems there must have been a better way to end the movie, but they chose not to do it.