The Vow: Movie Review (Sort of)

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.

8 thoughts on “The Vow: Movie Review (Sort of)

  1. I haven’t seen this movie yet – but certainly want to. I love Rachel McAdams.

    I agree with you about ‘showing too much’ on movie trailers. I want to know as little as possible to pique my interest. Like your ‘sort of’ movie review.

    Thanks!

  2. Just got back from watching this movie on a GNO. I usually enjoy movies that are based on actual events. I liked this one. I like Rachel McAdams, but Channing Tatum doesn’t do much for me, although I thought he was ok in this. To tell you the truth, I don’t remember watching many other movies with him in them…

    I very nearly shed a tear during the movie. Seriously. I found myself doing a lot of “wow, what if…?” kind of thinking. I also thought it was really interesting that she never regained her memory, and yet they still ended up married. If it was me, would I do the same thing again???? Interesting thought.

    • He doesn’t do much for me either, if you couldn’t tell from the above. He is okay to look at, but that’s about it. He was in “Dear John” if you saw that, and some forgettable hip-hop street dancing movie. The first thing I ever saw him in was the uber-forgettable “She’s the Man,” where Amanda Bynes pretends to be a soccer-playing dude. Hilarity ensues. Wait, no, not really. His acting hasn’t improved any since then.

      I just couldn’t connect to the movie, largely because I was not buying the chemistry between those two. It did make you think, though. I don’t know where I’d end up if starting from scratch. Part of me kept thinking she should be trying harder to fit back into her old life. But I guess you can’t know until it’s you, which I hope it never is. I think it would be hard.

  3. That’s right. I did see “Dear John” which I didn’t really like and liked him even less in that movie. Anyway, after I watched the movie last night, I was so curious about the real couple the story was based on that I did some searching online and watched a segment from Good Morning America (I think) that they appeared on. What was really interesting to me, is that they talked about how their whole message is that they made vows to each other. Vows that they took very seriously and it was because of those vows that they worked it out and stayed together. I don’t think that aspect was portrayed in the movie much. He did also talk about how he made her fall in love with him twice, but overall I got a really different message from watching their TV clip than from the movie. I guess that’s Hollywood for ya. The real couple’s message was one that actually inspired me and made me think of the “vows” that I made when I got married. And I think it also changed my “what would I do in that situation” outlook. I hope I would be strong enough.

  4. Yeah, the movie didn’t touch on the vows at all. So the thinking is, we promised to love and cherish no matter what, EVEN IF WE DON’T REMEMBER THAT THE OTHER PERSON EXISTS OR EVER MAKING THOSE VOWS? Hardcore!

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