Film Review: The Vow

The Vow (2012)
starring Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum,
Sam Neill, Jessica Lange, and Scott Speedman

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Synopsis
A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again.

[Warning! ... for those who haven't seen this movie and don't want to be spoiled...]




I just saw The Vow recently. It was one of my Must-See Movies for 2012! I loved and enjoyed watching this film especially that two of the actors I love such as Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) and Channing Tatum (Dear John) were starring together in the same film and were the main romantic pairing here as well. I've enjoyed watching them in their other individual films (Rachel in The Notebook, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Family Stone, Wedding Crashers, Mean Girls, etc. and Channing in She's The Man, Step Up and Dear John). So, when I heard they were co-starring in the same film, I got so excited and  had anticipated seeing this film. I must say, after seeing this movie, they did not disappoint. I loved and enjoyed watching them in this film. Not too mention, it was inspired by true events and they were playing the couple in the center of the true love story. It was a wonderful, romantic, inspiring, and touching film. I just love, love, love Channing and Rachel together as Leo & Paige in this film. They were so cute and adorable together...not too mention, they have this sizzling on-screen chemistry. I never thought I'd see them together in a romantic movie especially playing a romantic couple...so, great casting of them in this film! They were both lovely and amazing to look at in this film. Channing's so hot in this film especially when his character Leo had that sexy-i-did-not-see-coming-of-him-briefly-naked-and-shirtless (lol...in those two lovely Leo scenes) in this film. Rachel looked gorgeous herself here especially when her hair's dark brown or brunette and has a cute dimple whenever she smiles.

These two were just awesome to watch in this film as Leo (Tatum) and Paige (McAdams), the newlyweds who had a car accident leaving Paige in a coma with severe brain injury. When she woke up from a coma, not only that she had an amnesia where she only remembers the past 4 years (with her family and old friends including an ex-fiancee, Jeremy, whom she still regard as her current fiancee ) and could not even remember the present especially her relationship and marriage to her dear devoted husband Leo. Poor Leo, he was doing everything he could to help her regain her memory, but at the same time you can't really blame Paige for having a memory loss (she did have a serious head injury and almost died) and not remembering him as her husband or for the relationship they had prior to the accident. Still, lucky for her he was a very nice, loving, caring, patient, and such a devoted husband. Not too mention, good looking and romantic too. Who wouldn't want to have a husband like him (especially when he looks like Channing Tatum)?

It had to take some time for Paige to figure it out for herself and perhaps her memory will get back slowly in time or it could take years for her to recover or not. Will it? You'll have to watch the movie to see if she regain her memory or not. As the doctor had mentioned that she had a severe head injury to which it caused her short term memory loss and will get her confused, have erratic behavior, temper tantrums, mood swings, and even an interesting split personality. Still, I felt sad for Leo. It had to be the hardest for him to cope as his wife does not even remember him, yet he still remained in love and devoted to her as ever (even though he almost gave up and had to let her go as hard as it was for him...still he never gave up hope that she will return to him and they'll be together again...) as he kept his vow and promise to love her and take care of her for better or worse, in sickness and health...Channing and Rachel really did a great job playing their characters. I just loved and enjoyed watching them as Leo & Paige. Great supporting cast too especially Sam Neill as Bill Thornton and Jessica Lange as Rita Thornton, Paige's parents, and Scott Speedman as Jeremy, Paige's ex-fiancee. The rest of the cast were pretty good too.

Overall, I thought The Vow was a great movie with a great cast, wonderful music and inspiring love story! It was touching, moving, and inspiring. It made me smile, laugh, and cry. I highly recommend you see this film, if you haven't already. It's a must-see especially for those of you who love watching a romantic love story (and most especially, inspired by true events) and fans of Rachel McAdams & Channing Tatum won't be disappointed. Go see it!

My The Vow Film Rating: (9.5/10; A)

Comments

Eesti said…
THE VOW is based on the real-life story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. Apparently, Krickitt never did recover from her amnesia, and yet they're happily married with two kids. Not that I'm saying that's what happens in this movie. In fact, surprisingly, THE VOW veers away from giving us a grand romantic gesture in the finale. I like that the resolution unfolds unexpectedly and messily and almost in anticlimactic fashion. But the way the last 20 or so minutes unfold feels more believable. I was glad there wasn't a mad dash thru the airport or a dramatic "Stop the Wedding!" moment at the twelfth hour.

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