Inspired by a true story, "The Vow" is the tale of a love that refuses to be forgotten. Leo (Channing Tatum) is devastated when a car accident plunges his wife Paige (Rachel McAdams) into a deep coma. She miraculously recovers - but the last five years of her memories have vanished. Suddenly, Leo finds himself married to a stranger who can't remember anything about him. Naively, Paige falls back under the influence of her controlling parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) and reconnects with her ex-fiance (Scott Speedman). Desperately, Leo tries to recreate the moments that shaped their romance. Can he rekindle the passion before he loses Paige forever?
The Vow - what was I thinking?
- The Vow review by CC
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Where to start? Clearly I was in a romcom mood when I added this pile of nonsense to my list. This is one for undemanding teenage girls on a sleep over who have a sugar high and a lack of film appreciation. I digress...When a film like 'The Vow' states that it is 'inspired by true events' or 'based on a true story' this may not guarantee a good film. If you want something that does give a fairly unflinching depiction of real events, watch 'Snowtown' which gives an unsympathetic view of serial killers in Australia.
Alright 'The Vow' has all the signs of an 'Anistonville' style movie, whereby we are taken into a romantic world so remote from our own that we are won over by the wooden acting, dull dialogue, lack of any real humour and two leads who don't really have a spark of electricity between them. Sadly 'The Vow' does not have any of this and even the glimpse of Channing Tatum's naked ass did not send my spirits soaring. I can also only assume that Sam Neill and Jessica Lange needed the acting fee to pay some overdue taxes as they were completely wasted in this garbage. Watch Lange in 'American Horror Story' if you want to see her at her best and Neill in anything other than this - even 'Jurassic Park'.
This film sucked on so many levels I could go on for ever. This could so easily have been a really good romantic comedy but falls short in so many ways. Even 'The Proposal' with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock had some redeeming features compared to this tosh. Although if you love Channing 'wish I were the guys who got Thor and Captain America' Tatum and Rachel simpering but so unfunny' McAdams, then your desires will be satiated. I will stick to my serial killers thankyou.
Based on a true story the lives of a young American couple are turned upside down after a serious car accident leaves a wife with no memory of her relationship with her husband.
With the casting of two highly accomplished stars of the romantic drama the Vow should be as captivating and moving as The Notebook or as exciting as G.I Joe; despite having the same undercurrent of tragedy and pain that gives the Notebook its depth, whilst McAdams and Tatum are both adequate performers, the Vow ultimately lacks both the emotion and entertainment value of either of the performers previous movies.
Tatum’s attempts to revive his wife’s memory are predictable and contrite, seeming to lack all imagination and shamelessly making no attempt to appear genuine or realistic. Thanks to this and the surprisingly colourless performance from McAdams herself The Vow remains a rather obvious romantic drama that even lacks the appeal of its bawdier rom-com peers.
The characters are painfully stereotypical, McAdam’s Paige a law school drop out, estranged from her parents after choosing to take up a rather unconventional form of clay sculpting at art school, whilst Tatum’s character is shockingly one dimensional. The car accident that leaves Tatum’s Leo temporarily hospitalized sees Paige in a drug induced coma from which she returns with absolutely no recollection of the last few years, her marriage, her choice to leave law school or her move to the big city. As far as she’s concerned in fact she still lives with her parents and is engaged to suburban blue blood Jeremy (Scott Speedman).
There is nothing real about The Vow; the genuine anguish that must have been felt by the real life Paige and Leo is quickly swept over, leaving room only for dull romance ploys. Had the movie included a little honest pain and uncertainty then Tatum and McAdam’s may have had more to work with, as it stands however The Vow is somewhat of a let down.