Length: 104 mins
Genre: Romance, Drama,
Rating: PG-13 (car accident scene, nudity, language, sexual content)
Directed By: Michael Sucsy
Where I Got It: My Self (Kroger)
The Vow is set in contemporary United States, I believe it was set in Illinois. The movies starts out with Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) meeting for the first time. Leo goes on this rant through out the first 10 minutes about how memories shape us and when we lose those memories, we lose ourselves. Which is the theme of the movie. Then we go to the car accident. Leo wakes up and is completely fine, just some cuts and bruises. However, Paige went through the window and received a huge brain injury. When she wakes up, she thinks Leo is her doctor. Leo and Paige had been married for 4 years. Paige lost about 6 years of her memory.
This was a pretty good cast. Channing Tatum (Magic Mike, Dear John) as Leo, Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) as Paige, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Tudors) as Bill Thornton/Paige's Dad, Jessica Lange (Big Fish) as Mrs. Thornton/Paige's mom, and others.
It took me forever and a half to actually sit down and watch this. Sarah, my friend, actually got me to commit and watch this. Why? I don't know really...perhaps it is because I knew this was going to break my heart. Movies about losing memory is a sore spot for me, because I have a high risk of Alzheimers and I had to help take care of my grandpa Carol who had it. Then I found out that this was based off a true story, so it hit home a little bit.
Well, it was a tear-jerking movie and it evoked anger out of me! I wanted to punch Paige in the face. She was horrible to Leo! She was a bitch (pardon me)! He tried so hard to help her and she just yelled at him and hurt him at every turn. Okay, I understand that he is pretty much a stranger to her, but really? *SPOILER ALERT* Did she really have to throw herself at Jeremy, her ex-fiance?*END OF SPOILER ALERT* I wish Leo was my husband! I'm so glad they casted Tatum as Leo, because I don't think anyone would have played Leo the way he was suppose to be. Leo is just so darn adorable!
Well, the acting was alright. The guy who played Jeremy, Paige's ex, was a horrible actor and pretty ugly in and out (in my opinion). Tatum and McAdams played well off of each other. They had a lot of chemistry. The dialogue was well written. However, I feel like some of the scenes were a bit choppy...perhaps they overly edited it or something. The flow was a little off, but I still was still hooked. It's a wonderful chick movie though. I admit I cried a couple of time during this. ^.^
Overall, this was a cute movie. It's an amazing chick movie to force your lover to watch. Even though is was a little choppy at parts, it was still a cute movie. I hated Paige with a passion! She was horrible to Leo when he was trying to help and show her love. Gah. In the end I'm going to give this 3 stars. I've been stuck between 3 and 4, but 3 is what I shall grant it.
Favorite Character(s): Leo and Gwen
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Paige (....), Jeremy, Mama Thornton, and Papa Thornton
Favorite Quote(s): Leo - "Life's all about moments, of impact and how they changes our lives forever. But what if one day you could no longer remember any of them?"