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The Vow (DVD)
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The Vow (DVD)
Advantages: Tatum and McAdams, based on true events, charming
Disadvantages: The ending
The weekend before last I took my little sister to the cinema. At 16 she's not that little any more but I still treat her like she's still a baby and I'm a teenager sometimes! We decided to see The Vow as to be honest we are both madly in love with Channing Tatum! I had no preconceptions about the film, in fact I didn't even know what it was called when we were paying for our tickets, and my sister filled me in on the little she knew about the plot.
Based on a true story, the film follows Leo and Paige and begins with a scene of the couple who are very much in love, and straight away the film is catapulted into chaos as the couple are involved in a car accident. Paige suffers memory loss and has no idea who Leo is. Leo tries his best to help Paige with gaining her memory, but hits many obstacles along the way including the previously absent parents of Paige.
The film is based on a book of the same title by Krickitt Carpenter from Mexico who wrote the book about his own marriage after his wife lost her memory 10 weeks after their wedding in September 1993. Omitted from the film is the couple's faith in Jesus and Christianity which allowed them to try and work at their marriage; however this aspect is not visited in the film at all.
The story follows the couple on the journey together as he tries to help her memory loss by sharing old memories together and creating new ones. Nobody could call this film unoriginal as it is based on real life events, but the story hasn't really been covered in the way many romantic films have. I normally avoid films within this genre where possible, but I really enjoyed it and was eager to see what happened in the end.
Rachel McAdams plays the role of Paige and she plays it very well. Appearing in a few popular romantic films over the last few years including Midnight in Paris, The Time Travellers Wife and The Notebook she seems to have moved away from her Mean Girls part. Aspects of the film reminded me very much of Mean Girls and the role she plays, as Paige returns to her previous life before she met Leo as she tries to remember her identity. She returns to the role of a popular and spoilt high school sorority girl and this reminded me of Mean Girls. As a viewer you get frustrated with her character as she is often stubborn and selfish towards what Leo must be going through, but at the same time you feel for Paige as she has lost all of her memories from the past few years and has to try and connect the dots of her history.
The film follows the story of Paige and her memory loss but also the story behind why her parents were absent from her life before the accident and why they haven't met Leo in the couple of years they have been together. It also shows Leo and the torment he goes through as his wife loses all recollection of him and only remembers being engaged to an ex. Leo is distraught but committed to the fact that he must make his wife fall in love with him once again.
Fans of romantic dramas will enjoy this movie, but for viewers less taken with movies in this genre (like myself) I would urge you to give it a try. The two lead roles played by Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams really make the film, and Tatum's charming character shine through with the subtle charm and funny little moments. It also helps that both characters are absolutely gorgeous, and they both get naked a couple of times too! It was worth the entrance fee just to ogle over Tatum for an hour and a half! The couple work well together and it is obvious that there is some chemistry between them.
The one thing which was massively disappointing about this film was the way it ended. It was just a bit 'meh', neither here or there really! It needed a little more than it gave and I was surprised when the credits came up. Also, I expected to cry at the film (I'm not sure why - I just expected this was a given because of its genre), but there wasn't any tears from either of us!
I really do recommend this film to all. The likeable characters played by Tatum and McAdams, and the plot which is based on true events make the film a thoroughly decent watch, which could only have been improved with the ending. While it isn't going to go down as a modern day romantic drama classic such as The Notebook, it will be remembered for being a decent watch.
Release Date: 10 February 2012.
Summary: 4 stars