In Hollywood wedding vows are taken with even less sincerity than a pinky promise. Between Elizabeth Taylor’s seven divorces, Larry King’s six, Danielle Steel’s five and J-Lo’s three, it’s clear to see that commitment isn’t too high on the celebrity vocab. This is why it’s particularly weird to see a mainstream movie like The Vow rise through the ashes to remind us of the true commitment of marriage. The plot is bound to make true romantics “ooh” and “aww”.
PLOT: A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again.
DIRECTOR: Michael Sucsy
CAST: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum and Sam Neill
GENRE: Romantic Drama
AGE RESTRICTION: PG
RELEASE DATE: 11 May 2012
Many men will shrug off the idea of watching a movie like The Vow. Yet, it can’t be entirely described as a film for woman, especially when you consider that it is told from the male’s point of view.
Based on a true story (Aww), The Vow could easily be another Nicholas Sparks novel, in The Notebook tradition. Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, play Leo and Paige, a young newly wed couple who are head-over-heels in love (Aww). “I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love,” Leo utters during his marriage vows (Aww).
In the opening scene the lovebirds leave the cinema on a snowy night, and while driving home in their car get rammed from behind by a truck. The impact sends Paige flying through the windshield (ooh).
“The moment of impact. The moment of impact proves potential for change. Has ripples effects far beyond what we can predict. Sending some particles crashing together. Making them closer than before. While sending others spinning off into great ventures. Landing them where you’ve never thought you’ve found them. That’s the thing about moments like these. You can’t, no matter how hard you try, controlling how it’s gonna affect you. You just gotta let the colliding part go where they may. And wait. For the next collision,” Leo narrates.
When the two awaken in the hospital moments later, doctors discover Paige is suffering from severe memory loss, more specifically her life with Leo. Soon her parents whisk her away and Leo fights to win her back, hoping that something somewhere will trigger the memories they once shared. He insists to keep his wedding vows, and tries to win her heart all over again.
If you hate sentimentality, then its best you stay clear of The Vow. It certainly isn’t for cynical viewers. It’s in the same vein as The Notebook, although less convincing. It’s not a perfect movie, but definitely a must-see for those who enjoy romantic movies.
The story is based on the lives of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, who suffered through the same ideal as their movie counterparts. They are now remarried for over 18 years and believe that their faith in Jesus and their vows before God have kept them together. “My husband is amazing. He did everything he could to win me back. Life is full of ups and downs and challenges, but you have to dig down and be the best that you can be.” The Carpenters would eventually publish a book about their experience in 2000.