A romance from the author of The Notebook and the director of Chocolat, starring Channing Tatum (Step Up) as John and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!) as Savannah. They are a couple in love, torn apart by John's duty to the US Army.... More
John is a young soldier home on leave and Savannah is an idealistic college student who he falls for during her spring vacation (he dives into the sea to retrieve her purse). Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John's increasingly dangerous deployments – culminating in America’s call-to-arms after 9/11. Whilst meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters – correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.Hide
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BY James Croot Flicks Writer
While there's no questioning writer Nicholas Sparks' ability to boost Kleenex sales, cinematic adaptations of his work have been somewhat of a mixed bag. Whilst Message in a Bottle showcased Kevin Costner at his best, A Walk to Remember was a film to forget (save Mandy Moore) and Nights in Rodanthe seemed like an eternity in purgatory. Now just weeks after a tuneless Miley Cyrus gave us her last song, we have this love letter to the US Army and paean to the lost art of letter writing.... More
Of course, there are some things you can always count on in a Sparks adaptation – sandy locations, star-crossed lovers and searing melodrama, all tied in a neat emotionally manipulative bow.
The script does a nice job of switching genders – despite what the trailer suggests, this is very much big-lug-of-the-week Tatum's (Step Up) film. He's the one with the anger issues, autistic father (an excellent Jenkins) and who boasts a mistress in the form of the military (amusing given his name, John Tyree, sounds almost exactly like a certain philandering English footballer).
Unfortunately that also means that the Winslet-lite Seyfried (Mamma Mia!) is left with an underwritten, too-perfect character that, like her Greek Abba-infused holiday, gives her little to do.Hide
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