“Dear John” aired today during Rede Globo’s afternoon session and was quickly featured on trending Twitter topics.
The film, based on the best-selling American writer Nicholas Sparks, and directed by the great Lasse Hallström (My Dog Life, Always By Your Side, Chocolate, Rules of Life), is a sweet love story, a of those which easily take off the tears the most sensitive. For those like me who don’t cry for nothing, the film may come as a surprise because, oddly enough, it’s great.
In the plot, John (Channing Tatum) is a young soldier who is at home. One day, he meets Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), an idealistic student on vacation, with whom he falls in love. They start a relationship, it is only soon that John will have to return to work.
In a year, he will finish his military service, when they can finally be together. During this period, they exchange several letters, where each one tells what happens to them every day.
CinePOP has selected 10 Films which follow the same style.
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All for Love (Dying Young, 1991)
What would a romantic list be without one of the best representatives of the subgenre, muse Julia Roberts. But not just light comedies and Cinderella dreams that the muse lived. Here, at 24, and already two Oscar nominations to her credit, Roberts saw a young woman with a desire to start over. She gets a job looking after a young man with cancer, played by Campbell Scott. Needless to say, the two fall in love, and here are the tears. The work is based on the book by Marti Leimbach and directed by the fickle Joel Schumacher.
A love to remember (A walk to remember, 2002)
The second film-adapted novel by writer Nicholas Sparks, A Love to Remember is also one of the author’s most beloved fans. This list, moreover, could only contain works by Sparks, since his texts always contain the same elements, the main one being “a love too much suffering”. Here, absent Mandy Moore and Shane West play Jamie, the daughter of the town pastor and Landon, the rebel against the local law. Such distinct personalities fall in love unexpectedly, only to be tested by the girl’s terminal illness. Veteran Daryl Hannah is also a part of the cast and is directed by Adam Shankman of Rock of Ages: The Movie.
Sweet November (Sweet November 2001)
Maybe there is only one match as perfect as Sandra Bullock for actor Keanu Reeves in the movies. And he’s Charlize Theron. Here, the couple recreates the suspenseful partnership Devil’s Lawyer (1997), in a very different film. This is a remake of Por Toda a Minha Vida (1968), by Robert Ellis Miller. The remake is directed by Irishman Pat O’Connor, of Circle of Passions (1997) – starring Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix, and also features an unusual romance between two very different people. One of them, in the Theron case, is a patient with terminal cancer. Though adored by hopeless romantics, the production received three Golden Raspberry, anti-Oscar nominations (Worst Actor and Actress for Reeves and Theron respectively, and Worst Remake or Sequel).
Now and forever (Now is good, 2012)
Perhaps the current film that comes to most minds when you think of a young man terminally ill with cancer looking for new experiences. Daughter Dakota Fanning has entered the most mature phase of her career, although many have yet to realize it. The reason for this is that the actress has opted for American independent film productions (this one, British, with an accent) and many of these works go unrecognized by the general public. Short hair, Fanning is a young woman who decides to make a list of everything she wants to accomplish before she leaves. Now and Forever is based on Jenny Downham’s book.
Journal of a Passion (Le Cahier, 2004)
I said the list could only contain productions based on Nicholas Sparks, but this will be the last one selected, I promise. Notably, this is considered to be the quintessential work when it comes to writer’s adaptations. Even those who don’t know it’s an adaptation approve of this intense romance with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The story of Romeo and Juliet, or The Lady and the Tramp, is recreated in the 1940s. A poor young lover begins a relationship with a bourgeois and crosses all imaginable obstacles. The interesting thing here is to show the after, with the couple of lovebirds now embodied by veterans James Garner and Gena Rowlands (mother of the director of the film, Nick Cassavetes, of the recent Women on the Attack), facing his disease of Alzheimer’s.
50% (50/50, 2011)
Now a movie in which the patient is the boy, for a change. It’s also probably the best movie on the list. A blend of comedy, uplifting drama and serious drama, this production treats cancer with indulgence and elevation, with respect. The great Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Adam, a young man who discovers he has cancer. While left behind by his selfish girlfriend, played by Bryce Dallas Howard (who doesn’t want to deal with this problem in his life), his best friend played by the always fun Seth Rogen, goes out of his way to whip him up. moral and have it prosecuted. The boy reconnects with his mother as Anjelica Huston (tall) and sees a new promise of happiness emerge in his life, in the form of his psychologist, Anna Kendrick.
Crazy Love (Crazy Love, 1995)
Another straight out of the 1990s, this film features the double departure of Batman Eternamente, from the same year. The missing Chris O’Donnell (then 25) and Drew Barrymore (20 at the time) play very different high school students who… you guessed it, fall in love. Where are the cinematic couples? It’s Matt, an honest guy, and she plays Casey (the same name as the first Scream terror victim, played by herself), the service monster. After problems and constant erratic behavior, Casey is admitted to a mental hospital. Her brilliant knight saves her from the scene, only to find out later that the girl has bipolar disorder.
Before the end of the day (If Only, 2004)
This film, made for television in the United States, stars the late Jennifer Love Hewitt as the protagonist. The actress, who had her heyday with horror films and a few comedies in the late 1990s, plays Sam, an American musician living in London with her husband Ian, as Paul Nicholls. The couple is going through relationship difficulties. That’s when Hewitt’s character suffers a fatal traffic accident. The next morning, the couple have another chance to be together. The work contains elements which were then used in the romantic suspense with Sandra Bullock, Premonitions (2007). Two curiosities are the presence of the talented Tom Wilkinson (Conduct at Risk) in the casting and the staging of Gil Junger, of the cult 10 Things I Hate in You (1999). Hewitt is also producing the film.
Forever (The Wish, 2012)
Many believe this novel is based on a book by Nicholas Sparks. Maybe even the producers, who aggressively sold it that way. The reason is that we have as protagonists the stars of two of his best known and adored works, Rachel McAdams (Diary of a Passion) and Channing Tatum (Dear John). In the film, Tatum is a young man confronted with a devastating reality: after being involved in a car accident, his wife (McAdams) erased him from his memory. Everything else she remembers. The fact prompts her parents (Jessica Lange and Sam Neill) to try to save their daughter’s former life, while her husband desperately tries to win her back. The film was a hit with young audiences and was nominated for the MTV Movie Awards and the Teen Choice Awards.
The Good Side of Life (Silver Linings Playbook, 2012)
The only film on the Oscar nominee list, The Bright Side of Life also brought a nomination for protagonist Bradley Cooper and gave the victory to the talented Jennifer Lawrence. It is also not a film about cancer, but about mental illnesses like bipolar disorder. After catching his wife’s betrayal, Professor Pat (Cooper) panics and is admitted to a mental hospital. Upon his release, what seems to give him strength is his friendship with the equally tormented Tiffany (Lawrence), a recent widow, who uses sex as a means of escape. The work is based on Matthew Quick’s book and inspired filmmaker David O. Russell, who suffers with his son, who has a similar condition.
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