The Vow is another Nicholas Sparks adaptation about a couple with a stupid and unrealistic obstacle in the way of obtaining true love. If that sounds familiar that’s probably because it’s pretty much the plot of any romantic movie that has ever existed.
Apparently it’s based on a true story of a woman who does lose her memory after getting into a car accident and her husband tries to overcome the odds and overwhelming obstacle of helping her remember who he is and who they were together. I’m going to guess that the reality of their situation is not as lame as the movie version.
Rachel McAdams plays the woman who loses her memory. She’s essentially playing her role from The Notebook again, yet another young woman in the perfect love story any person would want. Channing Tatum plays her husband who tries to bring back her memory with the power of marriage.
The Notebook essentially runs along the same lines as this movie. A woman loses her memory of the best relationship ever and the man has to help her remember their amazing life together, complete with hardships, so they can be together forever.
I just made that sound lame but in The Notebook the characters had decent chemistry. Their characters actually seemed real and not simply shadows of stereotypes. McAdams is a vegetarian law school dropout who becomes an artist who doesn’t talk to her family, so in other words she makes a lot of good life choices.
As for Channing Tatum is a record label owner/sensitive artist, in no way can he pull off this type of character. I assume the producers of this film tried to fix this by making his friends and the way he dresses look like he only listens to Bon Iver and liked McAdams before she was in Mean Girls. His neck to head ratio is far too big for him to play anything other than a cop or soldier.
The movie itself made me laugh, because every romance movie stereotype popped up in this movie.
Chance meeting that leads to one of the most gag-inducing cheesy moments.
A small, sentimental wedding that seems impromptu to make it apparent that these two characters love each other so much they can’t wait to be married.
The couple lives well-furnished apartment in the city, but are somehow portrayed as broke. But as long as they have each other, right?
Some unfortunate accident causes an obstacle to their love.
A lot of distressing shots of the man struggling to regain the love of his life. There is even a scene where Tatum is sitting in a dark room in his recording studio, playing the acoustic guitar because he is JUST. THAT. SAD.
Some jerk gets punched in the face because the guy who loves his girl is just super frustrated another man is in the picture.
The couple breaks up for a bit because things are JUST SO HARD.
A lot of sentimental crap happens with music reminiscent of The Fray playing in the background.
The happy ending
None of those are even spoilers you need to expect those every time you go to a romance movie. If not you clearly don’t know how they work.
Ugh. I’m bored and annoyed by writing this. Watching it was pretty much the same. If you like stuff like this, then by all means go watch it. But if you like movies with believable characters and an actual plot you can’t figure out before you even see the movie; I would then suggest skipping this entirely.
Spoiler Alert at least in the Notebook she regains her memory.