Valentine’s Day Double Feature

February 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

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I spent Valentine’s weekend with a special lady and Saturday we orchestrated a fantastic day that included a romantic double feature.

Dear John

Valentine's Day Double Feature

The first movie we saw was Dear John. I had heard nothing but terrible things about this movie. It seemed like everyone was expecting The Notebook but I went in knowing the obvious… This is not the same movie.  Why not at least give it a chance?

While I still think The Notebook is a better flick, Dear John was a pretty great movie. Romantic dramas like this tend to be fairly predictable but there were a few decent twists in there that surprised me.

Part of me wished they spent even more time with the father but it’s understandable as they had a lot of ground to cover.

I think that would be my only complaint about the movie. They really had to juggle a lot of different elements.  Love, Autism, War, Betrayal, 911, Father/Son etc…

I think they did a pretty great job considering how much the book probably detailed. (I haven’t read the book)

I thought Dear John was a great movie especially on a date. My advice is to ignore the critics if you want to see it.  It’s worth it.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Double Feature

After dinner, we returned to the theater an hour before the 10:10 show with tickets in hand.  It’s a good thing we did as people were already waiting in line.  We spent our time in line people watching which is one of my favorite hobbies.

A great way to pass the time is to make up back stories for people based on very the little information you gather from observations and casual glances.

Obviously the theater was packed but we were there early enough to snag two seats in a row of… two. 

Our own row:)

The movie is obviously sold on the enormous amount of ‘names’ in the cast.  It’s pretty insane how they managed to gather so many famous actors.  I remember specifically thinking about that when the credits were rolling at the start.  I think they should have left the casting director’s name up there a lot longer than they did. 

The film itself was exactly as advertised.  A cute, entertaining, funny and touching take on Valentine’s Day.  I tend to love movies that feature a large number of characters and storylines that intertwine.  Sometimes, films like that can be confusing but Valentine’s Day pulls it off quite well.

I’m pretty curious to see if the film will have any legs at the box office now that the February 14th has passed.

Regardless, there’s nothing like a double feature of romance on a weekend of romance filled with romantic things that are romantic!

Great Weekend.

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