Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Vow

So surprise, surprise! I saw another movie this week: the highly anticipated romantic drama The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum! In this film, they play a married couple who are in a car accident. He is mostly fine but she loses her memory of her life with Tatum, prompting him to try to make his wife fall in love with him again.

Based on the trailer, I thought I would get a sentimental weepy picture that would shamelessly tug at my emotions. However I didn't cry once and the story took some turns I did not anticipate nor did it give me the ending I wanted, something big and emotional with both hopefully crying. Instead it was pretty calm with some optimism.

What surprised me the most was the role that McAdams' family plays. They are not very present in the trailers I've seen but they play a huge role in aiding McAdams after her car accident and in pulling her away from Tatum, of whom they do not approve.  See McAdams remembers her life up to about 5 years before the accident. In those five years, she became disillusioned with her family, dropped out of law school, became a sculptor, and married Tatum. That is all forgotten due to the car accident.

I really loved seeing Tatum be romantic even though I've never thought he was very hot. And it was so sad to see his heartache as his wife pulled away. McAdams is lovely as usual-I'm a huge fan of her and have missed seeing her on screen. Ultimately though I didn't get the cry that the trailers led me to expect so I ended up disappointed.


  1. I think a lot of people were disappointed with this one. When I first saw the trailer, it reminded me so much of Nicholas Sparks's The Notebook but I still wanted to watch it. Sadly it is based on a true story (about Kim and Krickitt Carpenter) but I think that Hollywood took the story in such a weird direction that what could have been an emotional, inspiring, and beautiful film became something much less. I will likely still give this a try on DVD but my hopes won't be very high. Thanks for sharing your review.

  2. Aw, sorry to hear this was a disappointment. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a good cry, too, and I feel let down if a book or movie isn't as sad or moving as I expected it to be.

    Wendy @ at The Midnight Garden

  3. Sorry to hear this isn't quite as good as you had hoped. Maybe I should just wait till it is out on dvd!


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