Monday, February 27, 2012

The Vow Review

Based on true events, The Vow takes us on a journey through the eyes of a young and happy newlywed couple who face a huge trial after Leo's (Channing Tatum) wife wakes up from a car accident not remembering him at all. Instead, Paige (Rachel McAdams) only remembers her life 5 years prior.

What's
endearing and what I loved so much about this movie is Leo's single minded efforts to reclaim the love of his life. Most of the story is told through flash-backs where we get to see how the two meet and fell in love. Those are the best parts.

What I didn't like about the movie
(Spoil Alert) is how Paige's character goes from an edgy, free-spirited, interesting girl, to a sweater-set-wearing, mojito-drinking sorority girl. She falls back into her cookie-cutter boring life.
(More Spoil Alerts) For the sake of sounding cliche, I wanted her memory to come back, not necessarily all the way, but at least a little bit. I would have liked her to remember something, anything from her old life with Leo, maybe a smell, a t-shirt, a color or a song. Instead we're sadly left with nothing.
In the end we do get to see Paige slowly become that cool, hip, interesting woman she once was, and c'mon, you knew the two would get back together. However, I would have liked to have seen more of that instead of the quick assuming possibility the writers leave us with.

Paired with great performances, Tatum and McAdams make a very lovely and believable couple. While half of me loved this movie the other half found it average and lacking.
RATING: C

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