Dear John seemed like a typical average romantic drama. And for its own sake, I wish it was. It stars the handsome Channing Tatum and the beautiful Amanda Seyfried. It starts out as a romantic vacation fling that turns into a long distance relationship. Then, it starts to forcefully throw different layers to the story. Just for the sake of adding more drama to the storyline. What you end up with is a jumbled mess. I just wanted to yell at the screen and ask, What are you trying to get at here?!?
I don't mind movies with various themes. In fact, I enjoy them, but as long as they are done well and actually add to the overall experience of the movie. The only thing that may have saved this movie was Amanda Seyfried's on-screen presence. I'm sorry, but Channing Tatum just can't act. At least he's still got his good looks. He basically had two modes in this movie.
1.Sad/angry John-which he showed by raising his voice or crying.
2.Not sad/angry John- which he showed by not raising his voice and not crying.
Anyways, just avoid this movie if you want to save yourself with the frustration of having your intellect and emotions toyed with.
Rotten Tomatoes- critics-28% audience- 66%
Yong's rating- 2/10 (Stay away)