Movie review: The Vow

The Vow

Michael Sucsy


As the Valentine’s Day vibe continues to somewhat linger, The Vow starring Channing Tatum (Leo) and Rachel McAdams (Paige) truly encapsulates a quality romantic drama with heartfelt and sweet sentiments.

Inspired by the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, The Vow captures the tale of a newly wed couple who are just beginning their lives together when a severe car accident leaves McAdams (Paige) with amnesia erasing the past five years of her life.

As Leo (Tatum) must face the brutal reality of his transformed future, he stands by Paige and patiently tries to make his wife fall in love with him again.

The plotline is focused around the concept of the wedding vows. The promises of husband and wife to help each other love life and to encompass a patience that love demands. To love each other no matter what challenges they encounter and to always find their way back to each other.

As Leo’s efforts in persuading his wife to fall in love with him are repeatedly denied and when all seems hopeless, he faces the prospect of continuing his life without her.

The movie leaves you wanting more. Though Tatum and McAdams do the characters justice as they provide solid, quality acting that’s engaging and familiar, the story gets you hooked desiring a more developed plotline and character progression.

The standard was set high for The Vow as eye-candy and heartthrob Channing Tatum plays the lead as a supportive and sacrificial husband figure who stands by his wife during the trivial times and encourages her in the places she finds joy and true contentment.

Complimentary to Tatum, McAdams gracefully adorns her presence as the struggling character that shows an abundance of strength in the midst of the unknown.

Contrary to rumors, The Vow is not related a Nicholas Sparks book, though the director for The Vow is the same director of the well-known movie, The Notebook based on the novel by Sparks. Likewise, McAdams and Tatum star in Nicholas Sparks’ prior films.

The plotline is so successful because it expresses a woman’s desire to be pursued and sought after, and the determination and relentless efforts a man will take to win her heart.

The moments of impact that are narrated in The Vow to be carefully constructed through the movie, display how in one instance, a life can be changed forever. Consequently, one must decide how they respond and whether they persevere or falter.

Although I personally would have liked to see the ending develop further, The Vow had a clear message with endearing overtones presented by a talented and lovely set of actors that did the movie justice.

Though The Vow may just be another sentimental sap for us romantic softies, it does make for a passionate story of love with aspects of hardship and adversity to conquer as well as sincere and honest moments of love to treasure.


I give it: Four out of five stars

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