Dear John is the fifth book of Nicholas Sparks to be turned into a movie. With that said, you basically know what to expect. Right as you think the movie is heading off into paradise, someone will trip, fall, and die. Thinking positive is always the mindset the audience has in a “love story,” but Sparks somehow finds a way to try and get you crying tears of pure sadness by the end of the movie. Putting the ego’s aside, we all got teary eyed in Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook.” With the new edition of “Dear John” on Spark’s repertoire though, it’s beginning to seem like if the story ever ended in bliss, the audience would be confused.

The story starts off with Channing Tatum fearlessly jumping off a ledge to return a purse to your typical blonde-haired blue-eyed girl. Tatum is John Tyree, a soldier on two-week leave who falls madly in love with a college student named Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) in the spring of 2001. From this point on, the film is emotionally exhausting. We go to flashback after flashback to see how John and Savannah fall in and out of love. With love steaming in the air you can feel September 11th hovering over and the feeling of tragedy strikes. It only gets worse from this point. Now you not only have to think about if the beloved cast of Tatum and Seyfried can hold onto their supposedly “never-ending” love, but you also get the joy of debating between Tatum being dead or alive by the end due to the war in Iraq.

Tatum and Seyfried do show that they know what they’re doing because you can feel the chemistry through the screen. The storyline may not be what you would expect, but the acting and the realism is there. This film challenges many aspects of our social life with the addition of John Tyree’s father (Richard Jenkins) who is suspected of having a mild form of autism. Savannah points this out to John which stirs up some controversy. With controversy comes the music. The score obviously wasn’t what you call a wedding song, but it definitely summed up the film in a nutshell. The drama was shown through this.

If you are expecting you’re 10 dollar ticket to be paying for sheer happiness and loving excitement, then you won’t be getting your money’s worth. This isn’t what you call a love story; it’s more like a misery story.