Thanks to Sony Pictures, we had the chance to see Michael Sucsy’s new film The Vow, before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
The Vow tells the story of Paige (Rachel McAdams) and her husband Leo (Channing Tatum), who are deeply in love enjoying every moment of their life. All suddenly changes after a car accident where Paige lost part of her memory, forgetting the last years of her life, including her love and marriage with Leo and just reminding her previous boyfriend and her time at the law school, where she quit before meeting Leo in order to pursuit her real passion as an artist.
Obviously some people around Paige, especially her parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) are using this chance to try to recover their daughter and make her what they always wanted to be, trying to take her far away from Leo.
No matter what happens, Leo starts to fight for the love of her life, trying to make her to recover her memory trying to recreate their first date and the most memorable moments of their romantic life together.
The Vow is a movie, that pretty much is centered on the great actress Rachel McAdams, who carries the whole weight of the film on her shoulders with a great performance that in some stages makes the viewer feel identified with her frustration after the accident. Co-star Channing Tatum on the other hand tries to brings to the big screen his sensitive side for the first time, something that fails most of the time, especially when he cries or attempts to be the perfect man, but don’t worry ladies, he still shows some skin on the film.
The film suffers a big fall after the first 45 minutes, because you are looking to see how Leo will try to make her wife to fall in love for him again, recreating the best moments as a couple, like their first date, a thing that only happens in a couple of scenes moving away from the romantic genre to a more dramatic one, because Paige starts to face her father and some family issues that she is discovering on the way, putting her “husband” in a secondary position.
The best thing of the film, is that it doesn’t have the obvious Hollywood ending, and this is absolutely the most pleasant surprise of all, even giving you a lesson that love never forgets and is forever
The Vow is a romantic-drama, that is far from be another “The Notebook”, however is a good film to see as a couple or with your girlfriends.
Based on a true story, The Vow opens on 9 February, 2012.