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Dear John opens with a monologue from John, one of the many letters he has written over the course of his life, and it begins by showing the day John was injured overseas. A huge part of the book was the letters John and Savannah wrote one another while he was deployed. That was so downplayed though. It was almost an afterthought. (I'm really trying not to give spoilers here, so you'll have to forgive my incoherent babbling.) Nicholas Sparks books are sad. We all know this, but I have to be honest - the relationship between John and Savannah didn't make me cry. Not once. John's dad though, I cried over him. That broke my heart.
The movie fails to give much of John or Savannah's back story at all - back story that creates the actual story at hand. Yes, it's visually appealing, and yes, the setting is as gorgeous as the book describes, but other than that, there was just no real connection between John and Savannah, played by Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, respectively. To be blunt, Channing Tatum, though incredibly attractive, simply can't act the part. Rating this movie based only upon itself and not on the failure to live up to the book, I give this a 2 out of 5. Bottom line - do not go in expecting to see The Notebook because this will not measure up.
Highlights Include: The previews, watching Channing Tatum surf and checking out his abs, and dumb quotes like "You made fire! How primal."
P.S. They showed the trailer for The Last Song, also by Nicholas Sparks, and I have to say it looks a thousand times better, even if I'm not partial to Miley Cyrus.