When you watch the trailer of ‘The Vow’, you get a sense of excitement bubbling within you as you imagine that this film could be the next ‘Notebook’ if it succeeds. Similarly to the ‘Notebook’, this film is about a love story where one of the lovers lose their memory and the other has to learn to love them despite being unrecognizable to their partner.
As I watched this film I had great expectations, especially because Channing Tatum was one of the lead actors. I’m a huge fan of his movies, particularly the romantic comedies, as he always seems to bring humour to the screen. In ‘The Vow’ he played a more serious character as opposed to his general lighthearted characters in other films. I found that although he succeeded in portraying his character as the ‘worried and supportive husband’, he could not really commit to the story as James Garner did in the ‘Notebook’. Therefore, this film had less of an emotional impact on me than what I had expected.
The storyline had a wonderful beginning and I could see where I hoped the story would lead to, whereas the middle was a tad slow with Rachel McAdams character not making much progress in the recovery of her memory. I didn’t enjoy the conclusion of the film as much as I had anticipated I would, as the ending was not at all how I imagined it would be. I guess I prefer idealistic results rather than realistic ones…an explanation of why I didn’t find it ended as a ‘WOW’ factor.
Love is in the air
Overall, I would say this film is a great ‘rainy day’ film that involves romance, a bit of comedy and a couple of tears here and there.
I would rate this film 3/5.