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2/9/2010 NY Culture & Events Examiner: Dear John premieres in New York City
Dear John premiered last weekend in New York City, knocking off Avatar as the top movie in the box office. Starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, Dear John is the film adapation of the novel written by Nicholas Sparks. It chronicles the love between John, a young man who reenlists in the army after the 9/11 attacks and Savannah, an idealistic college student and humanitarian who helps him reconnect with his father.
The movie opens with a compelling scene in where we see John lying on the ground in his army gear, fatally wounded with gunshot wounds as he remembers a trip to the U.S. Coint Mint. He narrates that he is a coin in the United States of America's army and that the last person he thought about, before blacking out, was you.
New Yorkers may remember Nicholas Sparks as author of The Notebook, A Walk to Remember and Nights in Rodanthe. Sparks has a penchant for conflict in his love stories and makes it a point to not use the same confict again in his work. In Dear John, distance and time serve as the main obstacles for John and Savannah when he's deployed to the Middle East.
However, Savannah is determined to hold on to their love. "Dear, John," she says. "Tell me everything. Write it all down. That way, we'll be with each other all the time, even if we are not with each other at all."
Dear John is noteworthy in its character development and plot twists. Savannah and John write letters to one another. But years passed and the letters gradually grow less. By the time seven years have passed by, Savannah and John have grown in maturity. An emotional scene shows John's growth when he reveals who he was thinking about before he blocked out when he was wounded.
It is a movie that not only depicts the romantic love between two people, but the love between friends, and the love between a father and his son. It is a movie about the sacrifices we make when we put those who we love first and helps us appreciate what it means to love and be loved.