And the award for Best Tear-Jerker goes to: Dear John. Yes, I must say, I cried like a baby who misses her mama. The movie AND book had the words "make you cry like a baby" written all over it. I mean, c'mon, Nicholas Sparks has some kind of innate talent to make his readers cry; and we eat that stuff up! Crazy, eh? It's a love story that's real. Some of us have felt these emotions and the story hit home. We all go through heartbreak once, right?
So...last night, on impulse, I went to the movies with 2 of my cousins. One of which, read the book, as did I. We sat there in our seats, in the cold theater waiting to see if this movie was going to live up to the book. And for those of you who've read books and then seen the movie version, movies never live up to the book. Well, they try. And Dear John did try. Tried its hardest, I say.
Throughout the movie, we would turn to each other, shake our heads and mouth the words "Nuh-uh" and then frown. Granted, some parts in books need to be told differently on screen in order to catch the audience, but when you change major parts: it can make a movie...or break it.
Now I am not here to spoil the ending or anything, but I read the book and the movie ended completely wrong! And that is where it went down hill for me (although, I generally loved the movie). The book was in John's point-of-view and told by him, so it kind of made you want to wear a t-shirt that said: "Team John", and it made you feel for him, feel his every emotion. And at the end of the book, it made you really, really LOVE John Tyree. But the movie, I tell you! The movie ending made the story NOT so real after all. As for those who DIDN'T read the book, you would think it would fall under the category of "happy ending". Well...
If you've read it, you'll understand. If you haven't read it, just wait.
In conclusion, I do recommend this movie! It was great, just the above that I've mentioned! Have a happy date :)
Movie Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.