Review: The Vow

It’s topped the US box office and that’s not surprising – considering it was released a few days before Valentine’s Day.

The Vow is a bittersweet ‘rom’ movie which lacks the ‘com’ in most places. The story follows Paige (Rachel McAdams) and husband Leo (Channing Tatum). The pair are blissfully in love until a tragic car accident which sees Paige fall into a coma. A few weeks later she awakes but can’t remember the last four years of her life, including her marriage to Leo. Leo is then faced with the task of having to make his wife fall in love with him, all over again. But he has to contend with pushy parents, Paige’s reluctance and her ex-fiance Kevin.

Although Channing Tatum is largely known for his soppy roles, we’ve never really warmed to him. It’s undeniable that he looks good on-screen but his performances are always lack-lustre. His role in Dear John wasn’t memorable and who can forget his fumbling awkwardness in Step Up. But Tatum surprised us during The Vow. His performance was real – which is ironic as the movie is actually based on true events. He plays his character wonderfully, mixing raw emotion and devotion – you genuinely believe he loves Paige. That could be because the chemistry is electric or it could be to do with the fact that everything McAdams touches turns to gold. She was brilliant alongside Ryan Gosling in the Notebook in 2004, which was a box office hit, and her on-screen ability hasn’t faltered.

There are some really mesmerising scenes throughout the film including the ‘first date but not first date’ between Leo and Paige. He takes her to a coffee shop to play their favourite game ‘chocolate roulette’ which sees each person take it in turns to gamble with a chocolate and hope for the best. Paige accidentally spits one out and the debris lands in her hair. The couple then burst out in fits of giggles and we’re sure this wasn’t planned. It seemed so natural.

Although The Vow is a pleasant, sincere watch it doesn’t serve up anything too exciting. But, considering the time of year, we expect it will continue to pull in the viewers.

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