‘Dear John’ knocks ‘Avatar’ out of No. 1 spot

By Holly Prendergast
February 13, 2010

Fans of “The Notebook” hit movie theaters everywhere to see another one of Nicholas Sparks’ book-to-movie triumphs, “Dear John.”

The movie’s cast included stars such as Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and “Step Brothers” Richard Jenkins.

This heart-felt romantic film deals with the trials and tribulations of a relationship burdened by war.  In the film, Tatum’s character, John Tyree, is a member of the Army Special Forces and is separated from his girlfriend, of only two weeks Savannah Curtis.  Though they have only been together for a short time, the two quickly fall in love.  Once Tyree goes back to the Army after his two-week leave, the couple is forced to communicate only through detailed letters of the accounts of one another’s lives.

“I really liked this movie,” Deanna Kuchinski, Neumann University Class of 2012, said.  “I did think it could have been a little more emotional, but I love the actors and they really did a good job.”

“Dear John,” the book, was written by Nicholas Sparks, the screenplay for the movie was written by Jamie Linden and it was directed by Lasse Hallström.

“I made sure I read the book before I went to see the movie,” junior exercise science major Gabrielle Gorbey said.  “I liked the ending of the movie better, but overall I liked the book better.”

The movie premiered worldwide on Feb. 5 in theaters everywhere.  In its opening weekend, “Dear John” earned an overwhelming and unanticipated $32.4 million, knocking “Avatar,” the largest-grossing film ever off of the first-place box office throne.  Not only has “Dear John” kicked “Avatar” out of first place but it also has earned the most money ever for a movie debuting on Super Bowl Weekend.

A critic from the New York Times stated that “it delivers an effective, pleasing dose of pure sentiment and vicarious heartache.”

Overall on Rotten Tomatoes, “Dear John” received a 28 percent, and on metacritic.com, the film received 60 out of 100.  Even though “Dear John” is not rated high by the critics, many viewers and Nicholas Sparks’ fans everywhere deeply enjoy the movie.

“’Dear John’ is one of my favorite movies,” sophomore psychology major Dominique Swanfeld said.  “I like it not only because of the love story, but I really like how it dealt with autism as well.”

This heartfelt movie is one that women of all ages can enjoy.  It deals not only with the love of a relationship but also with other real life trials and tribulations that everyone has to go through during life.

Besides being a romantic film, “Dear John” deals with other and much deeper issues.  In this movie, you will see more than one character struggle with autism and how it can affect the people around them.

Overall, “Dear John” is one of 2010’s top movies so far.  Since its release on Feb. 5, this movie has remained at the No. 1 spot in the box office and it is expected to earn over $100 million.

“’Dear John’ is one of my favorite movies,” sophomore education major Jacky McDermott said.  “It was so realistic and it made me cry the entire time.”

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