I had high expectations for this movie. One reason was that one of my favourite actors, Rachel McAdams was playing Paige, and Channing Tatum was playing the other lead, Leo (Yay!). The second reason is that after watching the trailers I really wanted to see this movie. Now, for me, this doesn’t happen very often, especially with chick flicks. Two of my best friends, my sister and I went to the ‘Chicks at the Flicks’ screening of The Vow. Once there we were all told that security were watching us, and if we were caught with our phones out we’d be removed from the theatre. I thought this was a bit strange so I asked my sister about it. She told me that this was a preview screening and that it wasn’t actually coming out until Friday (February 10, 2012).
This movie was great from beginning to end, so great that no one wanted the movie to end (although that could’ve been because Channing’s character walked around shirtless and more throughout the whole movie – yay!). All right, I’ll talk a bit more about the movie. The story line was everything a chick flick should be; a young couple madly in love, but then, there is a terrible twist. They are in a car crash and Paige suffers from memory loss. Throughout the film Leo tries to make her fall in love with him again. One thing that did disappoint me was the ending. It was as if it was a slow scene change, but the music told you that the movie was over. I’m very glad that there was an epilogue after so we weren’t left on the edge of our seats like the final episode of a TV season. As for what actually happened? You’ll just have to watch
The actors were all exceptional, except for the mother, played by Jessica Lange. There was a very emotional scene in the film involving Paige and her mother, and I just couldn’t get over the acting- she was crying, but she looked like she was somewhat smiling, and there weren’t tears. It was slightly awkward and uncomfortable to watch. I also think that Sam Neill did quite an average job in this film- I’ve definitely seen him do better. The music used in the film was very fitting to the atmosphere of the scenes and helped create the mood perfectly. I was also quite impressed how the film was able to create comedy with the situation without going overboard, and wrench our hearts to the point where we’re heartbroken and in love at the same time.
All in all I would highly recommend this movie. Whether you go watch this with your partner on Valentine’s Day (if you’re not seeing Breakfast At Tiffany’s), with your best friends, or you just like a good love story. This is a beautiful movie about a truly inspirational couple that show you what love really is.
I give this movie 5 toasters out of 5!
The Vow, in cinemas now is rated PG (Mild themes, coarse language, nudity and sexual references)