Movie review : Dear John

Dear John
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[ No spoilers ] The movie schedule this week worked out to where I had to see this movie instead of my mother or wife. So a middle aged guy is probably not the demographic this movie was aiming for. I’m pretty sure I was the only single guy in the entire theater. Most were groups of young women or couples of all ages.

Getting peetimes for this movie wasn’t too hard because there are really just a few moments in the movie that are remotely missable. Personally I think the love/sex scene is the best time to get away because really, not a lot going on besides the camera panning over their bodies for a minute or so. You’re better off missing that than some important dialog.

The acting and production values were all spot on. Amanda Seyfried was pretty great. And I just discovered that she played Lilly Kane in Veronica Mars. I thought she looked familiar. 🙂 She pretty much carried the show. It isn’t that Channing Tatum is bad or anything. He just plays a young, fairly dower Army guy. Not a lot of expressions going on there. But then if he did it might seem a bit misplaced. So kudos for him not trying to over act the part.

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I was really impressed with the job Richard Jenkins – John’s father – did. It was a fairly small role but he did a lot with it.

I think what most people will want to know is how emotional is this movie? Well, it’s both happy and sad which is probably what you want to hear. And I’ll bet that 99% of the women who see this movie will shed a few tears and a large percentage of men will as well. And then there’s the one scene where I actually heard people sobbing. So yes, this movie brings the emotion pretty well. And hey, there’s even a few explosions and gun fights tossed in there so everyone can be happy. 🙂

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