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Friday Film: “Dear John”

Valentine’s Day is a few days away and since I am the type of girl who will prefer to stay at home and watch a movie that day instead of going out, whether I am in a relationship or not, I chose a film which can be enjoyed by both couples and single people. And because I am standing by all the single ladies out there, I hope I chose the perfect gift for you, girls. Who said I cannot be your Valentine after all?

Dear John” is the 2010 romantic drama directed by Lasse Hallström, the same man who has given us many beautiful drama films like “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale”, “Chocolat”, “Safe Haven”, “The Hoax”, “Casanova” and “Hypnotisören”. Although all these were really good pieces of work, “Dear John” along with “Safe Haven” have another great factor which makes them two of the best romantic films. They are both based on two of Nicholas Sparks’ books, who is responsible of bringing us tears in every one of his books, which many of them have already been adapted on the big screen. Among his masterpieces adapted to films are “A Walk to Remember”, “The Last Song”, “Nights in Rodanthe”, “The Notebook”, “The Lucky One” and “The Longest Ride”. If you have not read his books yet, I suggest you do because he is the best of his kind.

The story is about a soldier named John Tyree, portrayed by Channing Tatum (Magic Mike, Step-Up, 21 Jump Street, The Vow), who happens to be on his summer leave from his German base, visiting his father when he meets a conservative college student, Savannah Curtis portrayed by Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, Red Riding Hood, Letters to Juliet), with whom he spends most of the summer until it is time for him to return to Germany.

It is blatantly obvious that when it comes to films like this one, the chemistry between the two actors is what makes them worthwhile, which, in this case, is the reason why you will find yourselves unable to let go of this or not relate to it. Do not get me wrong, it is indeed a fact that in “The Notebook” Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams had the best chemistry ever for a movie of this kind but since that film is too mainstream and I was sure you all have already watched it at least a thousand times, this is the next best thing that came to my mind and is fulfilling its purpose magnificently. Because, who would not want to experience something like this even for once? And who does not imagine a meeting like this or to have the same chemistry with someone even if it lasted for five minutes?

Since it is based on one of my favourite books, I can safely say that not only was the story perfectly adapted on screen, but it is also, for a fact, a great story of its kind. Despite that, I do not suggest that you read the book first because, for me, it was the movie which made me buy the book, read it and enjoy it even more than the film itself, not the other way around. But since we are going over the film itself here, I must point out the originality of the story and the development of it, which were both the reason which, combined with the chemistry I mentioned above, makes you love this movie and gets you attached to the characters and what they are experiencing. Plus – let’s face it – Sparks is a mastermind when it comes to romantic stories and, therefore, you can rest assured that this story is no different.

If you have not already watched this amazing romantic film, I suggest that you do and this is actually the perfect time for you to do it. Grab your wine and the chocolate supplies, which I am sure you have already stashed for Valentine’s Day and watch “Dear John” and be romantic with your partners or to yourselves. You deserve it.

I’ll be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.

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