3 abr. 2012

My Review: The Vow (7/10)


¨Life's all about moments, of impact and how they change our lives forever. But what if one day you could no longer remember any of them? ¨

The Vow is a very predictable romantic chick flick, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t entertaining. I had a good time with this film and was choked up during some of the emotional scenes as well thanks in great part to the two leads, Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. You can`t go wrong with these actors and the chemistry between them is pretty strong. The Vow won’t be considered amongst the best romantic films, it might not be very memorable, but it will provide you with an enjoyable hour and a half escape. McAdams is probably at her best in these types of romantic roles although she has proved herself in different genres. This is not nearly as good or emotional as The Notebook because the story isn’t as good, and of course Tatum might be good, but let’s face it he`s no Ryan Gosling either. This is Michael Sucsy`s first feature film after winning a Golden Globe for his direction in the made for television movie, Grey Gardens staring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. The script is pretty predictable and some of the characters are really one dimensional, but there are some emotional lines and funny moments as well. I thought the pacing of the film was also pretty smooth, and I never felt the film drag. I was hooked with the story from the beginning and was actually surprised I ended up enjoying this film. I like romantic films, although usually it has been difficult to come across a really good one. After so many bad romantic films, I guess The Vow will do for me.

Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams) are happily married as we see them walk out of a theater together. On their way home they have a car accident and Paige is left unconscious. Leo begins narrating the story of how they met through flashbacks claiming that life is all about moments and how they impact us. He happened to meet Paige at the right time and the two of them clicked from the beginning. It only took him two weeks to win her heart. Paige wakes up from her coma, but has no idea who Leo is. She has lost her recent memory and only remembers her life up to when she was engaged to Jeremy (Scott Speedman) and was studying law school. Paige has a hard time adapting to her life with Leo and decides to move back with her parents (played by Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) with whom she used to be estranged with before the accident and seem delighted to have her back. Leo is crushed because he begins to feel he`s losing his wife and decides to try to win her love back, but everything he does seems to fail. It only took him two weeks to win her heart before, but now Paige seems to be a different person because it`s probably the wrong moment for them. Paige isn’t the simple vegetarian art student he met, but a high class girl who wants to study law. She seems to have gone back in time and forgot an important event in her life that later changed her. Will Leo win her love back?

The premise of the story is pretty interesting. At first when I saw the trailer for this movie I thought it was ridiculous. If McAdam`s character really loved Tatum it would be simple to regain her love, but the truth is that most of the time we really are impacted by moments and if the impact doesn’t occur at the right moment then nothing will really happen. In other words, it might be possible that two people who are meant for each other don’t realize it because one of them is hooked with something else, but once the time is right then the impact can have its effect. Paige and Leo found each other at the right moment because she matured into the independent woman she really wanted to be, but when she loses her memory and goes back in time this love isn’t easily met because she is hooked with another person and other goals. That is what I found interesting about this film that at first I thought would be ridiculous. Although I don’t think any girl would wake up from a comma and complain about being married to Channing Tatum. I don’t think it would be a problem with most girls. The Vow is interesting enough and I think most people who like romantic films will enjoy this. For people who really don’t like these sort of movies then they will want to stay away from this one because it is sentimental and cheesy at times, but I think love is this way most of the time. I had a pleasant enough experience to enjoy and recommend this movie.

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