Dear John

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Alee’s Analysis: A clichéd but heartfelt story of love found and love lost.

Dear John is a 2010 romantic drama centered around the long-distance relationship of Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) and John Tyree (Channing Tatum). The movie is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, Dear John.

Savannah and John meet by chance one spring day and quickly fall in love. Their whirlwind romance takes place over two weeks and they’re convinced that they’ve found a life partner. Despite knowing that they will soon be separated, they decide to pursue a relationship. But when time and distance comes between them they realize that relationships may be easy to begin but difficult to maintain.

Opposites Attract

Savannah and John come from separate worlds and are as different as can be, which causes attraction and tension in their relationship. Savannah is the wholesome, empathic, goody two-shoes student who arrives in North Carolina on spring break to help build homes for families in need. There she meets John, a rebellious, seemingly dispassionate U.S. Army sergeant who is finally finding direction in life.

amanda-seyfried-dear-johnSavannah studies psychology and her ever-present curiosity about people causes issues with John who would rather keep his life private. However, John feels comfortable enough to invite Savannah to his home, where she meets his father.

John admits to Savannah that he and his father have a strained relationship. He has a hard time understanding his reclusive, socially awkward and routine-obsessed father. Savannah hopes to help the father and son understand each other. After spending some time with him, Savannah offers her diagnosis: John’s father has a mild form of autism (Asperger’s Syndrome).

Instead of being happy to finally understand, John is angered by Savannah’s examination of his father and their relationship meets one bump in the road. Luckily, they reconcile before John is to leave.

Love Can’t Survive the Distance

After their brief affair, Savannah and John return to their regularly scheduled lives: her to college and he to the battlefield. But they promise that they will continue their relationship through John’s enlistment and Savannah’s college years. They do this by writing letters back and forth.

But John ends up spending more time away than he prepared for, and over the next two years they find their relationship dwindling. Neither really understands why things have changed and initially blame each other for the demise of their relationship.

…Or Can It?

John remains in the Army after their relationship ends, even after being shot; he doesn’t feel like he has anything to go home to. When he finally returns to the United States, after a total of seven years, he goes to see Savannah but retains his anger at her for the relationship break-up.

What he doesn’t know is that, after all this time, Savannah still loves him and never forgot about him. When they finally tell each other their true feelings, it is up to them to decide to pursue their love again. The ending, like most parts of this movie, is as predictable as can be but somehow manages to pull your heart strings.

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14 thoughts on “Dear John

  1. I must say I hate Nicholas Spark’s books with a passion. (Ok, I only read two of them, but still). It’s pathos all over the place. I seriously don’t get the appeal.

    That being said, I find the father with Asperger’s intriguing, but sounds like he wasn’t a major character.

    PS- I seriously thought Channing Tatum was a non-white actress. (Not sure why). Thanks for opening my eyes!

  2. Mira,

    “I must say I hate Nicholas Spark’s books with a passion. (Ok, I only read two of them, but still).”

    Did you see The Notebook movie or read the novel? If so, did you like it?

    “…It’s pathos all over the place. I seriously don’t get the appeal.”

    Well, lots of people like a sappy love story. And Nicholas Sparks has the sappy love stories by the dozens.

    “That being said, I find the father with Asperger’s intriguing, but sounds like he wasn’t a major character.”

    He was somewhat of a major character, after Savannah and John, of course.

    The first half of the movie and in the flashbacks that John has, he plays a large role. I found his character endearing — I liked how he would obsess over his coins and knew everything about them. Richard Jenkins did a very good job playing the father.

    “PS- I seriously thought Channing Tatum was a non-white actress. (Not sure why). Thanks for opening my eyes!”

    Well, Channing Tatum is technically non-white; he’s part Native American, and part black in addition to white. And he’s kind of pretty-like. 🙂

    But yes, if I just heard the name I would have thought he was a woman too. For some reason the name Channing makes me think of a girl, which is weird because it’s a guy’s name and the only Channings I know are guys.

    Or were you thinking of Carol Channing? She’s mixed too.

  3. Channing has black in him? Had no idea but knew about the native american.

    I saw this movie. I liked it but cant say its one of my favorite romantic movies but mainly because of the lead actress. I can only take her in doses and that goes for Emma Stone too. For some reason they remind me of eachother even if they dont exactly look alike. Maybe its the annoyance level. Amandas bug eyes not to be immature but I just cant look at them for long and Emma Stones voice bugs the hell out of me.

    My fave movie with Channing Tatum is Fighting not cause Im crazy about that movie but because for me its truly female porn. I dont always think he’s that hot but in Fighting my God and fine ass Brian White was also in it.

  4. Well. I hmm.. Don’t know if I consider them really my countrymen but… Well I don’t know lol.

  5. Jessica,

    “Channing has black in him?”

    Yes, it’s pretty obvious (to me). The first time I saw him was in She’s the Man with Amanda Bynes (that’s my favorite Channing movie, btw), and the first thing I thought was that he looked mixed (with black). And I was right…

    According to internet sources his grandfather is a quarter black, but I truly think it’s more than that. Channing looks strikingly similar in phenotype to Wentworth Miller and other people I’ve known who have one mixed parent and one white parent.

    Also, his voice. His voice has that throatiness/deepness to it. Like Mariah, Mya, and A. Keys.

    “I liked it but cant say its one of my favorite romantic movies but mainly because of the lead actress. I can only take her in doses”

    As soon as you said it wasn’t your favorite, I knew it would be because of Amanda Seyfried.

    I liked her in this movie, but I can definitely see why someone would be annoyed by her saucer eyes all over the place. 🙂

    “My fave movie with Channing Tatum is Fighting”

    …I can’t stomach fighting/blood/gore movies.

  6. Nkosazana,

    “Well. I hmm.. Don’t know if I consider them really my countrymen but… Well I don’t know lol.”

    Fine, your husband’s countryman. Or your children’s countryman. Whatever works. 🙂

  7. Now wentworth I could tell had black in him and I was flat out IN LOVE with him when he was on Prison Break. First time I saw him was on the view promoting prison break after the first ep appeared and even though it wasnt on cable, It wouldnt come in clear on my tv so I got cable just so I could see him cause I thought he was the hottest guy ive ever seen in my life during that time anyway. My best friend (ex best friend) met him at the movie theatre she worked at in hollywood and she told him that her best friend Jessica was in love with him and he just smiled and said tell your friend I said thanks. That made my month even though I didnt meet him myself.

  8. Jessica,

    Wentworth’s okayyy.. 🙂

    I did love him on “Prison Break” — watched every episode in one sitting. I like his acting and personality. But yes, he and Channing Tatum look similar. People are always comparing them. (And Wentworth always wins; Channing is the bootleg Wentworth, lol.)

    “…she told [Wentworth Miller] that her best friend Jessica was in love with him and he just smiled and said tell your friend I said thanks. That made my month…”

    You should have said, “He didn’t say he loved me too? Jerk!” 😛

  9. Did you see The Notebook movie or read the novel? If so, did you like it?

    No, not that one. Do you think I should? People are crazy about it and I’m not really a fan of that kind of movies.

    Well, Channing Tatum is technically non-white; he’s part Native American, and part black in addition to white. And he’s kind of pretty-like. 🙂

    Well, he’s still a guy and I thought was a girl name!

    As for my mom’s boyfriend Wentworth Miller, I don’t think Channing Tatum looks like him.

    I will need to see more Channing’s movies to decide on his hotness… Actors hotness depends on his acting abilities, imo. (Or else I’d find Keanu hot).

  10. Yeah I also dont see any resemblance between Wentworth and Channing but I know alot of people do. All I know is I wouldnt kick Channing out of bed but Wentworth’s looks are extraordinary.

    Mira, I might be one of the few who love Keanu’s acting. I also think he’s gorgeous and is aging the best of the actors out of that age group. You want to see a truly romantic gorgeous movie, watch the lakehouse with him and Sandra Bullock. Their chemistry is insane and I see why alot of her fans always wanted them together. The notebook was good but I thought it was a bit overrated. The ending is what made it seem more epic than what it was imo.

  11. I’ll have to see about Channing. He seems too muscular for my taste, though. Wentworth’s fine, but I strongly prefer him with longer hair (no surprise there).

    Keanu is a handsome man, and he has very beautiful eyes. But I’m not crazy about his acting style.

  12. Mira,

    “No, not that one. Do you think I should? People are crazy about it and I’m not really a fan of that kind of movies.”

    Me either. I was just asking in case you liked it, I might check it out. But I wouldn’t see it otherwise.

    I don’t mean Channing and Wentworth look a like as in they look like they could be related, but look a like in that they have a similar phenotype. Their faces don’t look the same, but they have similar coloring, bone structure, hair, etc.

    Jessica,

    “I might be one of the few who love Keanu’s acting. I also think he’s gorgeous and is aging the best of the actors out of that age group.”

    Keanue is aging well. He has good looks for sure, but I’m not personally crazy about him. I don’t know what he is doing with his beard though: he’s starting to look like some form of animal, and not a cute one.

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