This week I’m taking a look at The Vow and let me tell you know, that is one emotional, heart-breaking and adorable films I’ve seen. I don’t think it quite gets up there with the likes of The Notebook, but it’s a pretty lovely film and one that certainly brought a tear to my eye.
The Vow is based on a true life event that in a car accident, Paige (Rachel McAdams) looses all her recent memories so she remembers nothing of her marriage to her husband, Channing Tatum.
It certainly makes for an interesting and emotional journey between these two.
Honestly, I don’t think Channing Tatum will be winning academy awards for his acting any time soon, however, in this I really felt him and his emotion. I think he works well in this role as the love interest and he plays it well.
He’s sexy, rather adorable and a man that makes it easy to like him. Beyond the superficial elements I don’t see a lot to Channing Tatum as an actor, but in this film I was genuinely sold on his acting and character Leo.
Rachel McAdams is safely an actress I really like. I remember her days in Mean Girls as Regina George and I was determined I would never like her, but her recent roles in Sherlock Holmes and The Time Traveller’s Wife have proved her to be a diverse, sassy actress that has quite a lot to offer.
She definitely plays the role of reserved, confused and rather lost Paige perfectly here. She captures the character and what it means to have lost her memory. It’s honestly heart-breaking to see that she wakes up and doesn’t recognise Leo as her husband. However I totally believed every moment of her acting.
I cannot say that she didn’t frustrate me, but that’s because my heart was out for Leo and she was trying to come to terms with the fact that her memories no longer existed of any of their time and it was interesting and humorous at times to see the reaction.
Don’t get me wrong, the film is not all doom and gloom and one of my favourite moments is Channing Tatum strutting naked through their apartment and her squealing in her underwear because he’s practically a random stranger. It was rather sad to see in a way since he was relegated in his own home, but I think the humour managed to balance the sadness.
Personally, what made the loss of her memory so upsetting was the flashbacks we witness as the pairing as a couple before their accident.
This is them on their wedding day and it was clear they were totally in love and it was incredibly endearing.
They also wrote their own wedding vows for each other. The fact that Leo remembered all of this and Paige was sstruggling to cope really made me a little teary eyed. So this film does hold the cute balance of an emotional and fun relationship that makes up a chick-flick as well as it having a serious undertone too.
Another aspect of this film was how Paige changed. You could clearly see two different sides to her character before the crash and after and it was hard to piece those two people together.
However across the film she slowly started to unravel pieces of her life and I really liked the twists in it that were uncovered and changed things because I didn’t expect them.
I definitely liked her more pre-crash and after the unveiling at the end.
Overall I really enjoyed this film, I had a few laughs, a few tears and definitely think it’s a moving story especially based on real life. I’d be interested to read the book to see how it differs to the film. However it’s not all doom and gloom I will inform you so there is a happy ending for you guys!