‘Dear John’ is beautiful love story, tearjerker

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If you like The Notebook,” “P.S I Love You,” or “A Walk to Remember,” then you’ll love “Dear John”. The movie, based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, will begin showing in theaters this Friday, Feb. 5.

The film, which is directed by three-time Oscar nominee Lasse Hallstroom, is a love story starring Channing Tatum, who viewers may remember from his performances in “Step Up” and “She’s the Man”, and Amanda Seyfried, “Mama Mia.”

The story is about a Special Forces soldier named John Tyree (Tatum) and a wealthy, southern college student named Savannah Curtis (Seyfried) who coincidentally meet in South Carolina while visiting family and are immediately attracted to one another.

After their fateful meeting, however, John and Savannah have to continue on with their lives, which becomes increasingly difficult as they are separated. While Savannah continues with school, John’s overseas deployment is extended. The film takes the audience on a journey through the beauty and hardships of young love in tough circumstances.

Channing Tatum says of the movie that “the content matter is very relevant right now,” and it “should make [the audience] think about the people that are in their lives, and are they really telling them every day that they love them?” 

 Those who plan to see the movie should be advised to come armed with tissues and back-up mascara, for the girls. When asked about the movie’s ending, Amanda Seyfried said, “I would make it happier. I was so depressed after I saw the first cut of the film.”

“Dear John” is sure to be a tearjerker, but Tatum wants to remind viewers that it truly is a beautiful love story.  He said that he hoped that while watching it “people think of their first loves.”

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