“Life’s all about moments, of impact and how they change our lives forever. But what if one day you could no longer remember any of them?” –The Vow
I finally decided to watch The Vow yesterday.
The Vow tells a story based on true events, about a man named Leo and woman named Paige who fell in love and got married. After a car accident, Paige suffers from severe memory loss, with memories erased from when she met Leo. Although frustrations run high, Leo tries to win the love of his wife back and repaints their love story for her to experience. Soon he realizes that she is no longer the same woman he married. Unfortunately, she never recollects her memories with him and struggles to fall back in love with the husband who’s now a “stranger”. Months pass, and they meet again…could their love be rekindled?
I thought that it would be a typical rom-com where the movie shows how Paige gradually falls in love with Leo all over again. I thought I was going to feel so mushy and cute after, but instead I got an unexpected plot that got me thinking a bit.
I could imagine how frustrating it is for Leo to have to make his own wife remember him again, especially when she’s stuck with the memories she’s had before they met. She had a very different preppy lifestyle back then, compared to the spontaneous artist she turned out to be with him.
His dedication was overflowing, yet I felt hopeless for him. I felt the divorce coming, since he could have been any guy to her, in spite of his deep love. I wonder if Paige felt anything at all? Is it possible to be in love with someone, get memory loss, and not have any feelings of affection towards your loved one?
I felt especially emotional when Leo finally realizes that trying to win her back may be a lost case, and he said, “Do you look at the girl you love and tell yourself it’s time to walk away?”
As for the movie itself, I think that there was a bit of an awkwardness to it. I don’t know if there was something lacking with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum’s on-screen chemistry, but I felt uncomfortable and disconnected at times. Perhaps there’s something wrong with me.
There were attempts to be comedic, but either the timing was not right, or the angle of the camera (?!) was weird. There were times when I thought Tatum’s acting seemed forced, but his character was otherwise charming (and almost flawless for a guy). He said a lot of chick-flicky lines which swooned the audience (and a few gasps for his biceps). McAdams’ has the usual sweetheart charm as seen on her many romantic movies.
Well, I DO like the concept and the story, but I think that the film could have been executed better.
P.S. Another quote I liked:
“I chose to stay with him for all the things he’s done right; not the one thing he’s done wrong.” — The Vow