The Vow: A Lovely but Forgettable Valentine’s Day Treat for Lovers

The Vow: A Lovely but Forgettable Valentine’s Day Treat for Lovers

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Feb 15, 2012 at 12:36 AM PST
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The Vow is a good film for Valentine’s Day. But it doesn’t seem to rise to expectations.

The film starts like any other romantic film. We meet the couple; get to know them a little and then we go to the problem they usually face. The only difference is this time, their problem is quite unique. The Vow has a lot of great factors that is worth the watch.

The film stars Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. Both actors are not new to these types of movies. Each actor does a fine job expressing their personalities. But there is just something missing when it comes to their onscreen chemistry. Still, when the two of them are on screen together, they seem to have a hold on us. Letting us wait to know what happens next like will they kiss, will they get back together?

The story of the film is somewhat unique. I really like one of the lines which said, “I need to make my wife fall in love with me all over again.” This is the dilemma that is faced by Tatum’s character after his wife lost all memory of their marriage after a car accident. It is a hard task to make a story like this work. It is even harder to make it work and make it realistic.

One of my main problems of the film is that I expected more of their getting to know again stage. I expected to see more dating and falling in love but I expected too much. The film mainly focused on the girl’s past while showing little attention on what the guy did to make his wife fall in love with him all over again. When the film nears the end, that is the start of their getting to know phase and we don’t get to see that.

The Vow offers a lot of great scenes and lines but it might leave you wanting more. Yes we get to see romantic scenes but we are devoid of the even greater romantic impact which was said on their wedding vows. The vows said were probably presented about half of the time during the course of the movie. It appeared to have touched only the surface of their relationship.

Still, The Vow is a nice film for Valentine’s Day. But it lacks the emotional factor that might have left you crying at the end or feeling in love. Instead, it leaves you with questions which you somehow know the answer but might have chosen to have seen it in the movie.

The Vow is a romantic trip in a very unusual road. A road filled with memories of the past and a small glimpse of their future. A lovely but forgettable love story that will make you think “What if.” I give it 6 out of 10.

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jinkinpark is based in Butuan, Caraga, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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