By: Alisha Wallace
ENG225: Introduction to Film (GSK1249D)
Instructor: Dwight Paulsen
Dear John is an endemic and heartbreaking story, which has a fiction story based on nonfiction events. This is a love story written by Nicholas Sparks. This novel was made into a movie and was directed by Lasse Hallstorm.“Dear John” the letter read. And with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives changed forever”
This movie is about a man called John Tyree, a guy who has recently graduated from high school, and has the dream of having an own and magnificent life thus, he signs up for the army, but time later he realizes that his life is going nowhere. He becomes an infantry man and gets to do several tours in different countries that are having armed conflicts, like Iraq. But with such drama, John gets to meet his true love long time after; in his hometown, Wilmington, North Carolina, beach, there she was Savannah a charismatic and lovely girl. Johns dream girl. Yes, here appears the basic routine of flirting: hugs, dates, kisses, mutual attraction, and getting to meet each other. But all these turn into a huge love, a kind of love that makes Savannah decide to wait for John, while he is in Germany. Their love grows and strengthens through the distance by romantic and devote letters, and it’s only until this moment that they start falling in love. Events of 9/11 are devastating for their relationship, and unexpectedly John receives the “kiss-off letter” or the Dear John letter. Now it’s all about John’s dilemma: what would he choose? Love or his country? When he finally returns to Wilmington, John discovers that loving Savannah will force him to make the hardest decision of his life, along with a non expected end.
Dear John opened in Spring 2001 and showed many similarities with A Foreign Field. They have similar plots, first of all is the long distance relationship between an ordinary girl and a soldier. In A Foreign Field, Ellen fell in love with Stephen--an English pilot, while in Dear John Savannah fell in love with John who is an American soldier. They kept writing letters to each other to keep up their relationships. The stories of these two couples are similar. And at the end, both of Ellen and Savannah didn’t married Stephen or John.
The actors in this movie was surprisingly brilliant to me. I actually labeled Channing Tatum as a rubbish actor and just a pretty face in my 'Fighting' review but after this one I have changed my mind, he is actual quite good in this film as the lead role. Tatum, had not previously shown any of his real acting skills, appearing in “Step Up” and “G.I. Joe.” He was much more convincing in the romantic lead role than I had thought he would be. He shows that he is more than just dancing, gun-slinging eye candy; he is a real actor. Maybe this type of role suits him better than any other. Amanda Seyfried who plays Savannah in Dear John is pretty great as well. She is a young and talented actress and to be honest I watched Mamma Mia with her in and thought she was a mediocre actress but in this she takes that thought right away. It’s true that Seyfried has already proven that she can act well, as she does in “Big Love.” For her, it wasn’t as much of a surprise that she could successfully bring her character to life without being over-the-top. Now there is one actor I think is brilliant in any role he plays and that would be Richard Jenkins who plays as John's dad. He is a great actor and possibly one of my favorite older actors. He was fantastic in Step Brothers and he is fantastic in this movie as well. Anyways bellow is a list of the actors/actresses and the roles they play in the movie. The cast includes Channing Tatum (John Tyree), Amamda Seyfried (Savanna Curtis, John love interest), Richard Jenkins (Bill Tyree, Johns dad), Henry Tomas (Tim Wheddion,...