Movie Review: ‘The Vow,’ What If One Day You Can No Longer Remember Anything?

The new movie, “inspired by true events,” performed by Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum and Sam Neill and directed by Michael Sucsy from a script with four credited authors.

He doesn’t complain when visiting fancy wedding event and he makes sugar-dusted French toast. He doesn’t afraid to get drenched in the rain when delivering a get-basket. He has all the features of the best guy and ideal husband.

Does he seem too perfect? Maybe, but it’s a movie. This is a down-the-middle, by-the-numbers fantasy, in which no one is too quirky or interesting or challenging in any way. Even the circumstances that set the plot in motion are presented as blandly as possible by director Michael Sucsy.

A breakable vow: Rom-com cliches run rampant in 'The Vow,' starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. Photo: Sony Pictures

They meet cute, fall fast, got married adorably. Then tragedy strikes.

The first stage of the movie shows them, Paige (the dimply and adorable Rachel McAdams) and Leo (the decisively chiseled Channing Tatum) enjoying a snowy evening in Chicago. Unfortunately, this happy moment lasts not for a long time.

A car accident has changed the previous life of the couple. Paige is in a coma, from which she emerges even more adorable than ever but also with amnesia. She does not recognize her husband and cannot remember anything of their four years together.

Her parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) are trying to rescue their daughter, though they had been estranged from Paige prior to the accident. They’d never met Leo before and they are to wrest their daughter from his loving clutches. But these are caricatures of controlling, wealthy people and Leo is just the slightest bit boho, which to them translates into threatening.

Besides, Paige’s slick ex (Scott Speedman) also appears. So Leo’s left on the sidelines, desperately trying to convince his own wife that they belong together.

Meanwhile, Paige turns to a Stepford-like persona which she used to be earlier. She dons bland preppy outfits instead of her cool vintage clothing and is shocked when she sees a small tattoo on her back.

So, Leo decides to woo his wife all over again, banking on the hope that she’ll revert to the arty Paige with whom he fell in love. But it’s quite difficult to make her fall in love for the second time.

An old fiancée re-appears and family secrets are spilled. Still, there’s never any doubt whether love will conquer all in this predictable wannabe heart-warmer.

“As a result, “The Vow” delivers more than it ought to, given the pedestrian script and direction. There’s no shortage of viewers ready to embrace an old-fashioned, guilty-pleasure romance. If you’re among them, you’ll find just enough to sigh over here,” says Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News.

As the USA Today reveals, the plot of the movie is based on the real story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. The two who married in 1993, got in a car accident 10 weeks later from which Krickitt regained consciousness with no recollection of Kim. They married again in 1996 and wrote a book about their saga, also entitled The Vow.

“When it comes to romances in which an accident figures prominently in the plot, 1995’s While You were Sleeping did it better. It featured more likable characters, heartier wit and more romantic chemistry,” says Claudia Puig.

“For all of Leo’s voice-over musing about “moments of impact” that change lives, The Vow makes little cinematic impact and will leave all but the most starry-eyed unmoved.”

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