Critics praise this title as kind of Dear John feel-alike. It may be easy to draw comparisons with snapshot moments from both of these, but overall, The Vow is a beautiful, heartbreaking love story on its own time, told in its own charming way. One difference being marriage is demonstrated as something to cherish, not bash.
The Vow (2012) Film Review
Life is full of moments; moments of joy, moments of sadness and moments of impact. What if, in the blink of an eye, all those moments were erased? Until he met her for the first time, Leo Collins (Channing Tatum) didn’t know what he was missing. Carefree and going through the day-to-day routines of a struggling musician, Leo isn’t one who thinks much beyond tomorrow, but all of this is before he claps eyes on the woman who becomes his future wife.
Paige (Rachel McAdams) is a free-spirit with an artistic soul, who Leo sweeps off her feet. It’s love at first sight for the pair who marry in an impromptu ceremony soon after. Paige’s family disapproves and it causes a rift for five years. Life is the perfect fairy-tale, and the newlyweds live life to the fullest. Fate has different ideas when one snowy Chicago night, their small car is crushed by a snow truck.
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How refreshing it is to come across a movie that uplifts marriage. Some may argue that ultimately where the couple ends up proves their vows mean nothing but I must respectfully disagree. But here I am, getting ahead of myself, so let’s start again. On its debut, The Vow put up some impressive numbers, giving this genre an impressive showing. The story is beautiful, and while the acting is a bit stilted (sometimes), there is an emotional pull hard to ignore. Inspired by a real couple whose way back to each other uses the strength of their relationship with Christ. This Hollywood film doesn’t use Christianity to heal anything, but there’s still a poignant impact.
Life is about moments of impact, and how they change our lives forever. But what if one day you could no longer remember any of them. – The Vow
Much as I like Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, connection isn’t always great as a couple. Still, there are a lot of cute moments between them (like their second “first” date and the end). Both actors come from a different place in their characters. McAdams is working from a place of no love. Tatum works from a place of deep love; and he expresses this well. I confess, I love the steadfast way Leo stands by his wife. As things continue to unfold and ramp up, some may be upset and others may see his choice as selfish. It’s a love story of choice, and this is a truth of life we often overlook.
Each of the settings are pretty (it takes place in Chicago). There’s a lot of night shots with skyscrapers all lit up and snowfall gently falling from the sky. The script is sappy in places and abnormally strong in others. It’s nice to see Paige reconcile with her family and even once she remembers why she left in the first place, she forgives. Though likely romanticized, the end result is the same as the book this is based on. To me, the film demonstrates the power of love, in many forms. Perhaps the best is the choice these two make for their joint and new future. They choose to honor a vow – unconventional or not.
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Content: there is one full backside shot of a nude man who then walks in on a woman in her underwear. One scene shows a married couple lying in bed with a lot of bare leg, sheets covering them; there are a few references to a prior extra-marital affair. Profanity is infrequent but there are a few words [sh*t, etc.] and some crude remarks. Two scenes show a couple “making out.” There is a tense accident scene; the impact sends a woman through the windshield of her car [no blood]. A couple goes for a swim in the lake in their underwear. There are one or two shouting matches and one man punches out another. The film is PG-13.