“The Vow” is the best romantic movie I’ve seen in a long time. Lol not really. It’s actually pretty formulaic, and the dialogue is filled with tired clichés. Yet we are told right from the beginning that the story was inspired by true events, and because of that, I have to cut the movie some slack. The story goes that there’s a woman (played by Rachel McAdams) who, after a car accident, had no memory of her husband (Channing Tatum). Solution? Persuade her to fall in love with him all over again. Sounds straight out of a Nicholas Sparks’s book if you ask me. Meanwhile, and through flashbacks, we learn how they met and fell in love in the first place. Then after the accident, we meet her estranged parents, played by Jessica Lange and Sam Neill, who seize on her amnesia to reclaim their daughter. McAdams literally saves this from being a complete waste of time. As for Tatum, I’m not really sure he belongs here. I mean wasn’t he downright terrible in that lame chick flick “Dear John” a couple of years ago? Director Michael Sucsy hasn’t got it all wrong though. He’s made a good choice in bringing along two of its leads, Jessica Lange and Sam Neill. Both are veteran actors, and they make the best out of it. But overall, “The Vow” couldn’t be more predictable and dull as it reaches its climax. All that’s left for us is to admire McAdams’s performance, which is better than nothing, but not enough to make this a winner. Worse, “The Vow” asks us to believe that Channing Tatum can outclass Ryan Gosling in the art of romance. Not on this planet, baby.
Categories: The Twenty-First Century