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Dear John

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Tanya Scoon

THIS romantic war drama starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum was given a bashing by the critics when it came out in cinemas in the USA in 2010, but still managed to knock Avatar off it’s top slot. It is worth watching for the brilliant on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters, even if the storyline is a wee bit dodgy.

Adapted from the novel by Nicholas Sparks, the story tells of John Tyree, a fiery-tempered US soldier who falls in love with Savannah, a kind-hearted college student after he rescues her bag when it falls into the sea. After a brief summer romance he has to go back to his unit for a tour of duty and she to college to resume her studies, but they resolve to keep in touch by writing to each other.

The romance blossoms but, following the September 11 attacks, he and the rest of his unit decide to extend their service and the couple are again forced apart, with devastating consequences.

Yes, it’s a cheesey storyline with a rather weak plot, but the acting is good and, as well as the two main characters, Richard Jenkins as Mr Tyree, John’s autistic father who is obsessed by his coin collection, is outstanding.