Apr 25, 2010
DEAR JOHN (2010)
Nicholas Sparks is the mastermind of incredibly-moving “The Notebook” (2004). Lasse Hallström tries to tell another Sparks’s novel in a movie. Recently, we have seen other Hallström’s direction in heartwarming ”Hachiko: A Dog’s Story” (2009). Both of them make thiz romantic drama worth it to be waited. But in the implementation, something is out of track. The story is about Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) who accidentally met John (Channing Tatum) in one fine summer on the beach. They fell in love with each other and now they have to go through a long distance relationship when John is sent away to his military mission. The Director Lasse Hallström tries to capture it with simplicity. In fact, almost all of Hallström’s movies are filled with simplicity. It seems to me his simplicity makes the drama comes out naturally and effectively. Richard Jenkins makes a brief but incredible small role as John’s father. Seyfried always looks lovable, her character is gratifying. She is able to represent up and down of all emotions very well. Once again, he shows his singing talent here. I’ve already fell in love with her since the first time I saw her on ”Mamma Mia!” (2008). On the other hand, Tatum’s performance is awful. His character looks awkward and empty. I doubt his acting skill at all. As the result, the chemistry has a serious gap. But once again, Nicholas Sparks’s novel is always worth it to be told. Thiz is fifth Sparks’s novel that has adapted to movies, since Kevin Costner’s “Message in a Bottle” (1999), Mandy Moore’s “A Walk to Remember” (2002), Rachel McAdams’s “The Notebook” (2004), Richard Gere’s “Nights in Rodanthe” (2008) and also upcoming Miley Cyrus’s “The Last Song” (2010). It’s always about everlasting love and long term relationship. We could spend one fine evening with anybody or even a nice whole memorable summer, it can come and go. But it’s the person who always stands beside us in all these times who is truly the one.
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