The Vow is a romantic drama directed by Michael Sucsy, starring Channing Tatum (Dear John, 21 Jump Street) and Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Mean Girls).
Based on true events, it tells the story of a married couple, Paige and Leo (Tatum&McAdams) that is in a car accident leading to the wife losing her memory of their time together and obviously their marriage. She doesn’t recognize him and moreover thinks she is still engaged to her former fiance, Jeremy (Scott Speedman). Starting then Leo is on a mission of making his wife fall in love with him all over again.
If you’ve watched The Notebook then you know McAdams is charming and a perfect fit for romantic/dramatic movies. She is great in rendering the confusion and torn feelings a person in her situation would have, all the while being adorable and credible. However not the same thing can be said for Tatum’s acting skills. Throughout the movie, particularly the scenes that are meant to be dramatic and tear-jearking, Tatum lacks the believability of a husband distraught over the “loss” of his wife.
Scott Speedman as the ex-fiance Jeremy comes across as more sympathetic than Leo; also has chemistry with McAdams, something that is lacking between Leo and Paige.
Clearly meant to be a Valentine’s Day movie ( release date, feb 10th USA), this is a sort of sappy, sort of cliché, predictable but enjoyable romantic flick. If not for anything else, then you should watch it for the lovely Rachel McAdams.
3 out of 5 stars.