Countless movies and series have had plots involving car accidents and memory loss. Yet, as hopeless as the situation may sound, the characters always seem to find their way back into each other’s arms, regain whatever memory was lost and eventually live happily ever after. So what makes The Vow different from the usual amnesia-inspired plots? Well, it’s based on the story of real-life couple, Kim and Krickitt Carpenter… and we all know that true stories don’t always have fairy tale endings.
The movie is about Paige (Rachel McAdams) and her husband, Leo (Channing Tatum), who both got in a car accident a few months after tying the knot. When she wakes up from a coma, they learned that she has amnesia and couldn’t remember her husband. Now Leo takes on the challenge of showing Paige what her life’s been like for the past 5 years and making her fall in love with him all over again. Did he succeed? Well then, watch and see for yourself 🙂
As badly rated as the movie is on Rotten Tomatoes, I can say that The Vow is still worth a shot. As a whole (screenplay, casting, scoring and overall impact) it’s definitely a far cry from the classics i.e. Sleepless in Seattle, Serendipity and The Notebook. But the fact that it’s a true story puts it in a league of its own. I found myself a bit teary-eyed during one of the scenes because I just couldn’t help but think about it happening in real life. It’s bad enough that your wife couldn’t remember you but it’s even worse to learn that she was an entirely different person from the one you fell in love with. I won’t be giving spoilers but it didn’t exactly end the way most people would hope it would. That gives its viewers a little tug in the heart.
Now, on to the bad. Channing Tatum isn’t really the best actor on the planet
although he looks undeniably good on screen (Can’t argue with that one! hehe!) so I would give props to Rachel McAdams for being the uniting force in this movie. I think she’s really the one who carried the story and that’s a bad thing, since a romantic movie should be an on-screen partnership between the actors. Because of that, some parts of the climax kinda fell short in really delivering the kind of emotion that we should see between a couple struggling to piece their lives back together. Overall, the movie was ok, and that’s it: it was just “ok.” Sad to say, it lacked the extra oomph that classic tearjerkers should have.
In a nutshell,
Was it a good movie? No.
Was it a good valentine’s date movie? Yes.
Do I recommend it? Yes. Because it’s always good to be reminded that there are still couples who stand by their wedding vows.
Rating: 7.2/10 (just because I’m a girl who likes sappy chick flicks)