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A slight letdown after the book,
This review is from: Dear John [DVD] (DVD)
After seeing and reading all of Nicholas Sparks's movies and books, I found the book version of Dear John to be the best. It detailed a love story that proved the effect of distance on a relationship, and how even the most perfect romances have their problems. The film quite accurately portrayed the love between John and Savannah, and the story was built up nicely. The sub plot in the book which concerns the relationship between John and his father is what makes the movie, and both actors really draw you into the movie.
However, although I am a fan of Amanda Seyfried, her acting in the movie appeared at times to be forced, and in one scene instead of crying (as she should be), she seemed to be laughing. The ending also seemed to change the true message that the book so fully explained, which was a shame. All in all though, Dear John was an enjoyable movie, but don't expect a repeat of the amazing adaptation that was The Notebook.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2010 01:40:55 BDT
Marly Z says:
Having not read the novel, I'm curious to know what the books 'true message' actually was?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Aug 2010 23:31:02 BDT
At the end of the novel John watches Savannah and her husband living happily together as he survived the cancer through John's sacrifice. By having Tim survive in the book, John becomes a better person as he did a truly selfless act in order to help Savannah and Tim. When John and Savannah get together at the end of the movie, it kind of felt as though John selling his dad's coin collection was in the vain hope that he could still be together with Savannah once again.
Posted on 18 Nov 2011 09:22:02 GMT
I have read the book with great interest and I am now quite unsure whether I'd really watch the film.... Thank You for your honest opinion - I might just buy it anyway.... IMHO books are most often way better than the films but quite often I have found myself watching a film and then buying the books - so it works both ways, I guess.
Kind regards, Kiki
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