The Vow (2012) Movie Review
Directed by: Michael Sucsy
Produced by: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Susan Cooper, J. Miles Dale, Jonathan Glickman, Austin Hearst, Paul Taublieb
Written by: Abby Kohn,Marc Silverstein, Michael Sucsy
Starring: Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Sam Neill, Scott Speedman, Jessica Lange, Jessica McNamee
Music by: Rachel Portman, Cinematography, Rogier Stoffers
Editing by: Melissa Kent, Nancy Richardson
Studio: Spyglass Entertainment
Distributed by: Screen Gems
Release date(s): February 10, 2012
Running time: 104 minutes
Country: United States
Loosely based on a true story, this weepie aspiring stars Rachel McAdams: Paige, a young artist who wakes from a coma with no memory of her husband (Channing Tatum) - or the last five years of his life. The only things that are Paige remembers she was engaged to Jeremy (Scott Speedman) and close to his wealthy parents (Sam Neill and an electrifying Jessica Lange). But more has changed over the five years that Paige can bear to face.
This raises interesting questions: how would you feel if you woke up and found yourself a life you never expected, with a haircut, wardrobe and the social scene you hated? What happens if the man you're married to a stranger? But the script rarely digs deep enough to become a serious meditation on change of character and circumstance. Much is considered from the perspective of the husband's vow to win back his wife, thus distancing the story of its target market (women, if you had not guessed).
Still, Tatum is charming and the two stars decent potential use gently humorous script. As a cursory look at an odd situation, it is reasonably diverting. But the story errs on the side of slow and emotions are stored in addiction - no sign of the key alternately heartbreaking romance McAdams in "The Notebook" and Channing Tatum in "Dear John" both based on the novels of Nicholas Sparks. First, what makes "The vow" a film more sensitive, realistic, but it may leave pregnant women with handkerchiefs romantic parts.