How do you write a movie review without spoiling it for anyone else that wants to see it? The way they do trailers these days, you pretty much see the entire movie in the preview, and there is nothing left to the imagination: no twists, no surprises, no excitement. They hit all the high points, you get the gist, and the movie is just a longer version of the trailer. If you have any interest in this movie, I’m assuming you’ve seen the trailer, and I don’t want to give away any more than that. I’ll try to toe the line.
I saw The Vow this weekend. It is not a “guy” movie, but mine is not a typical “guy” movie palate. Still, it would not have been my first choice personally. Not to say I didn’t like it. Just to say that, if you are looking for something to go see with your buddies, you might want to keep looking. If, on the other hand, you are looking to show your significant other how sensitive you are, this might be the ticket. It also might be good fare for a girls’ night out, but bring your Kleenex.
Everyone knows you’re going to be dealing with the amnesia thing, which has been done before, but not quite like this. I don’t want to spoil it, like I said, but here there is nuance, a twist on the theme, and maybe a needed dose of reality. It poses the question: what would you do if you got in an accident and could not remember the last five years of your life? Now say you were married, but did not remember your spouse. Instead, you remembered a former version of yourself, a former version of your life. What would you do? Now put romantic notions aside, and ask yourself seriously, realistically, how would you really feel? What would you really do?
If you are a Rachel McAdams fan, then she’s in it, and she will not disappoint. She is herself, pretty much. If you like Channing Tatum’s acting then…I don’t know what to tell you. But if you like Channing Tatum with his shirt off, then there is something here for you too.
There is some “what might have been,” if you are into that sort of thing.
If you liked and miss “Felicity,” then you are in for a treat!
If you ask yourself “should I have dropped out of law school?” (which let’s face it, who hasn’t), there is some food for thought here.
Not your typical rom-com, and not saccharine-sweet in that typical Hollywood way. Worth a view, though, and I would love to hear any thoughts or comments from anyone else that has seen it.